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PST and Philosophy Club lecture: “Impartiality isn’t Impartial”

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Thursday, February 4 at 3:30pm to 6:00pm

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PST and Philosophy Club lecture Featuring Dr. Eric Scarffe  and Dr. Kathrine Valde on the topic: “Impartiality isn’t Impartial: Gender, Race, Law and Science.”

In 2016, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump questioned whether Judge Gonzalo Curiel could be impartial while presiding over a case involving Trump University because of his Mexican heritage.  Since then, there has been a renewed interest in role of ‘impartiality’ has (or should have) in law. In this paper, we draw an analogy between concepts of ‘impartiality’ found in science and law. Then, drawing on the work of many feminist philosophers of science, we explain why impartiality within science is not only theoretically impossible, but may be counter-productive to the goals of scientific inquiry. We conclude by showing how these insights are productive for thinking about the role of impartiality within the domain of law as well. We believe that appreciating the overlap between the role/ideal of impartiality in science and law helps to show how this (seemingly intuitive) ideal has been misplaced.

Meeting ID: 935 5345 1718

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Meeting ID: 935 5345 1718