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Climate Science, Values & Politics: one day workshop at Durham University

Erin Nash

Thursday, 28 May 2015 from 09:30 to 16:45 (BST)

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Philosophers have long been interested in issues of knowledge, doubt, (un)certainty, trust, and epistemic authority. They have recently begun to devote their attention to these issues in the context of climate science, especially climate modelling. At the same time, sociologists and geographers have been studying the public comprehension of and attitudes towards climate science, often highlighting the lack of public understanding and the existence of substantial levels of doubt, much of it manufactured. This workshop aims to bring together ethicists, epistemologists, and philosophers of science to further investigate interactions among the epistemic, social and political dimensions of climate change – for instance, in the politically patterned nature of the denial of anthropogenic climate change. Of particular interest is the relationship between scientific expertise and the public in this politically and socially charged context.


Joachim Room, College of St Hild and Bede  (DH1 1SZ)

9:30 – 9:55am: Registration and tea & coffee

9:55 – 10am: Welcome

10 – 10:45am: Stephen John
“Assessing expert testimony about climate change: the irrelevance of sincerity”

10:45 – 11:30am: Ian Kidd
“Are Climate Change Deniers Epistemically Dogmatic?”

1130am – 11:45am: Tea and coffee break

11:45am – 12:30pm: David Harker
“Majority opinions, individual responsibility, and a place for epistemic taste within social epistemology”

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30 – 2:15pm: Luke Elson
“Climate rationality and vagueness”

2:15 – 3:00pm: Erin Nash
“Can someone use their political values as a good reason not to accept the two basic claims of climate science? A response and extension to John (forthcoming)”

3:00 – 3:30pm: Tea & coffee break

3:30 – 4:30pm: Round table discussion with presenters

4:30 – 4:45pm: Wrap-up

There will be drinks and dinner afterwards for those who would like to continue on conversations after the workshop.

* Please note that the order in which presentations take place may be subject to change.


The conference is free and open to all, but you must register and obtain an Eventbrite ticket (but please don't print it out). Whilst there is a limited number of tickets available due to funding and capacity reasons, we will also be running a waiting list. Please contact the workshop organisers (see below) to be added to the waiting list.

The conference is being generously supported by the Department of Philosophy at Durham University.

Workshop organisers:

Erin Nash

Ian Kidd

Workshop website:


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When & Where

Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University

United Kingdom

Thursday, 28 May 2015 from 09:30 to 16:45 (BST)

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Erin Nash

Department of Philosophy, Durham University

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