Lecture to Consider Role of Science in Society

An expert on how science shapes society – and vice versa – will deliver the next lecture in the “Incite Your Curiosity” series.

Dr. Janet Kourany, a University of Notre Dame philosophy professor, will discuss “Human Enhancement: The Promise and the Peril,” on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Davidson Auditorium in the School of Management at UT Dallas.

This event is part of a yearlong series in which the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology has explored the possibilities of a future in which  humans are enhanced by technology and medical science.

“Janet Kourany is an important contemporary philosopher of science in general and one of the foremost feminist philosophers of science in particular,” says Dr. Matthew J. Brown, director of the Center for Values. “She is at the center of debates over the role of value in science, where she defends a very challenging and important claim: Both scientists and philosophers have a strong obligation of social responsibility that could potentially transform their research. We’re excited to give Kourany the opportunity to turn her thoughtful, critical attention to the science and technology of human enhancement.”

Kourany’s latest book, Philosophy of Science after Feminism, seeks to locate science within its wider societal context and to articulate a new, more comprehensive understanding of scientific rationality.

Dr. Janet Kourany is one of the foremost feminist philosophers of science.



Values Discussion Forum Wednesday

The Center for Values' 2011 schedule begins with a discussion forum on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the UT Dallas Conference Center. A panel will hold a roundtable dialogue on topics related to the moral and ethical implications of human enhancement. Guests include:

Dr. Frederick Grinnell, cell biologist and philosopher of science at UT Southwestern Medical Center.Dr. Sarah Rose, historian and disability studies scholar at UT Arlington.Dr. Richard K. Scotch, professor of sociology, public policy and political economy at UT Dallas.

The lecture and forum are free and open to the public. Additional lectures are scheduled for Feb. 16 and March 2. Visit the Center for Values website for more information.

Media Contact: The Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].