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ABSTRACT


Susan Haack’s lecture, titled Six Signs of Scientism, discusses the social phenomenon known as scientism, the view that natural science is the most authoritative way of looking at the world, and is superior to other interpretations of life.

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Susan Haack is Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Law at the University of Miami. Her work ranges from philosophy of logic and language, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, Pragmatism—both philosophical and legal—and the law of evidence, especially scientific evidence, social philosophy, feminism, and philosophy of literature.

Her books include Philosophy of Logics; Deviant Logic, Fuzzy Logic: Beyond the Formalism; Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate; Defending Science – Within Reason; Pragmatism, Old and New; and most recently, Putting Philosophy to Work (2008), Ciencia, Sociedad y Cultura (2008), and the second, expanded edition of her internationally-acclaimed Evidence and Inquiry (2009). Prof. Haack’s work has been translated into over twelve languages, and she has given talks in Chile, China, Colombia, Finland, Italy, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the U.K.

Prof. Haack has won awards from the American Philosophical Association, and the University of Miami for excellence in teaching; and (also from University of Miami) an award for outstanding graduate mentor, the Provost’s Award for excellence in research, and the Faculty Senate Distinguished Scholar Award; as well as the (national) Forkosch Award for excellence in writing. She was included in Peter J. King’s One Hundred Philosophers: The Life and Work of the World’s Greatest Thinkers and on the Sunday Independent’s list, based on a BBC poll, of the ten most important women philosophers of all time; and her work has celebrated in a volume of essays entitled Susan Haack: A Lady of Distinctions.

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