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Do we really need more academic research? A hundred year update on Max Weber's 'Science as a Vocation'

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the most famous lecture ever given on the nature of modern academic life, Max Weber’s ‘Science as a Vocation’, which was originally delivered to an audience of graduate students. Weber believed that the life of a researcher was lonely, thankless and never ending. While the first
two qualities seem to be with us, there is now a genuine question as to whether we have not too little, but
too much, research. Prof Fuller will argue that this may well be the case, which in turn places the very idea
of ‘science as a vocation’ on a somewhat different footing from its standing in Weber's day.

Prof Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller was born in New York City and graduated from Columbia University in History & Sociology before gaining an M.Phil. from Cambridge and PhD from Pittsburgh, both in History and Philosophy of Science. He currently holds the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology.

Originally trained in the history and philosophy of science (Ph.D., 1985, University of Pittsburgh), he is the founder of the research program of social epistemology. It is the name of a quarterly journal he founded with Taylor & Francis in 1987, as well as the first of his more than twenty books. His most recent work has been concerned with the future of humanity, or 'Humanity 2.0'.

He has spoken in over 30 countries, often keynoting professional academic conferences, and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 1995. He was awarded a D.Litt. by Warwick in 2007 for significant career-long contributions to scholarship. He was appointed to the Auguste Comte Chair in Socal Epistemology in 2011, and is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute, the leading 'ecomodernist' think-tank and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, the leading 'transhumanist' think-tank. His writings have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Since 2013, he has been a member of Edge, the 'third culture' at the edge of knowledge, contributing to its annual questions.


All welcome. This keynote lecture is part of the University of Brighton's week-long Festival of Postgraduate Research. For festival details go here.

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