Category archives: Philosophy of science

Deflating truth (3)

Deflating truth (3)

Philosophy of science

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

We saw in the second entry of this series that predicates like “…is true” have the following linguistic function: applied to an expression that designates a sentence X, they render a new (pro)sentence (“X is true”) that expresses exactly the same as the first proposition. This has lead some philosophers (not a majority, really) to […]

The Oxford Questions on the foundations of quantum mechanics

The Oxford Questions on the foundations of quantum mechanics

Philosophy of sciencePhysicsQuantum physics

By Daniel Manzano

Quantum mechanics and relativity constitute the two main revolutions in physics on the twentieth century. Furthermore, the counterintuitive character of quantum mechanics yields to a rich branch of different possible interpretations, and there are still many open questions. Not solving, but just defining these questions, was the main purpose of a conference entitled “Quantum physics […]

Selective ignorance in science

Selective ignorance in science

GeneticsPhilosophy of sciencePlant biology

By Silvia Román

There is a strong tendency to consider that every scientific or technical solution to a particular problem is irrefutable. Nowadays, scientific and technological knowledge usually eludes public criticism and even we have seen how important government decision making were made by the so-called technocrats. We often forget the contingency of this knowledge, the fact that […]

Epistemology in the courts. Or, Sherlock Holmes is dead, long live to Thomas Bayes.

Epistemology in the courts. Or, Sherlock Holmes is dead, long live to Thomas Bayes.

MathematicsPhilosophy of scienceSociology

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

Strange as it may sound to many people, the fact is that some of the most interesting work on epistemology that is being currently done in Spain is carried out at the headquarters of the Spanish gendarmerie (the well known force called Guardia Civil), in particular, at the Area of Statistics within the corps’ Service […]