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The Fragility of Truth and Other Inescapable Facts

Story imageSarah Jones Nelson, Director of the Princeton Project on Fragility.

I examine the nature and limits of historical and scientific truth based upon factual concepts of value across disciplines. In the sciences you predict and explain the function and value of invariant truth: the earth revolves around the sun; the species evolve; early quantum fluctuations cause the present configuration of light at the edge of the observable universe. In the humanities you interpret and analyze a different universe of reference to the facts and value of justice, memory, the emotions, art, religious experience. Truth is fragile at the boundaries of open questions conjoining the sciences and humanities where the known categories of disciplines must be expanded.

Location: Lewis Library 120

Date/Time: 02/16/09 at 4:30 pm - 02/16/09 at 6:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Departments of History, Philosophy and Religion, the Program in Judaic Studies and the Center for BioComplexity.

Category: Public Lectures

Department: CSR