December 3, 2018

Tina Bilban Understanding Context, Understanding Science: Husserl, Bohr, Fleck

Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, 4th floor at 13:30h

The concept of life-world, first comprehensively described in The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology, has been often recognized as one of the most insightful and influential Husserl’s concept. The concept of life-world is necessary, if we are to understand the nature of science, which is grounded in the life-world. Science and life-world are complexly interconnected: The world of science is part of the life-world, sciences are justified through the life-world and scientific statements get their meaning by being embedded in the life-world. Furthermore, each science is essentially historical. In parallel to Husserl’s philosophical investigation, similar insights into the importance of context for understanding scientific results, facts and theories, emerged within natural sciences. Ludwik Fleck, an immunologist, and Niels Bohr, a quantum physicist, have applied similar approaches to understand their own respective science. Their comprehensive analyses of the observational process and genesis of scientific fact are still of high relevance within contemporary social understanding of science.

TINA BILBAN PhD, (1983) is a senior researcher at the Institute Nova Revija, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her interests and publications encompass the crossroads between continental philosophy, with focus on phenomenology, contemporary literature and science. She also works as an editor and literary critic, with special focus on children’s literature. She is the leader of the project Tales of Age, which focuses on opening an interdisciplinary dialogue about ageing. Her publications include a monograph on contemporary physical and philosophical theories of time and their application on contemporary literature Na poti k času (2012) a book of short stories Interferenca (2010) and a popular science book 50 abstraktnih izumov (2018). She is a member of several national and international professional boards and juries, among others, of the professional national board for evaluation of children’s literature, of the executive board of the Slovenian section of IBBY and of the of the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury.

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