The Integrity of Science: What It Means, Why It Matters

Dr. Susan Haack

Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Law, University of Miami.

 

The key values of the scientific enterprise are honesty in seeking out, assessing, and reporting evidence, and willingness to share evidence with others in the field. When things go well, these values are instilled in young scientists in the course of their long apprenticeship; reinforced by the incentives of recognition of good work and loss of reputation for cheating; monitored by conscientious peer review at journals and grant-giving bodies; and honored in the culture of the universities. But there is always the danger that competing values in the larger society in which scientific work takes place—the political values of government sponsors of science, for example, or the commercial values of industrial sponsors—may erode commitment to these core ideals: a danger growing ever more severe.

Dr. Haack's 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, to social philosophy, feminism, and philosophy of literature.

She is the author of 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). In 2010 she received her first copies of the Chinese edition of Defending Science; in 2011 she gave a series of lectures in Rio de Janeiro to mark the publication of the Portuguese edition of her Manifesto; and Romanian edition of Evidence and Inquiry has just been published. Her next book, on legal epistemology, to be published by Cambridge University Press, is expected in 2014. Dr. Haack has also published a large number and great variety of articles, in philosophical, legal, literary, scientific, and general-interest journals. work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Croatian, Danish, Swedish, Romanian, Korean, and Chinese; and she is invited to lecture around the world.

Dr. Haack has won an award from the American Philosophical Association, and another from UM, for excellence in teaching; and (also from UM) 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; her work has celebrated in a volume of essays entitled Susan Haack: A Lady of Distinctions; and in 2011 she was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by Petre Andrei University (Romania). She holds a B.A., M.A., and B.Phil, from the University of Oxford; and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Haack’s lecture was held in the Escondido Theatre at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, April 30, 2013.

This event was cosponsored by the Department of Philosophy.