PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Technology, Bias, and Scientific Knowledge (Sponsored by the Society for Philosophy and Technology)

Thursday, 3 November 2016
09:00 - 10:30

Piedmont 7 (12th Floor)

Chair: Ashley Shew, Virginia Tech

This panel will feature four philosophers of technology discussing how biases in scientific knowledge get instantiated and reinforced in technological design. In the course of scientific research, we use and create systems of measure and value. Biases aren’t always visible, and this panel brings forward a number of cases of hidden biases, as well as biases that are out in the open, yet still underrecognized. Discrimination and neglect can follow from bias, and recognizing the conceptual assumptions that guide design and scientific research helps illuminate design projects as social and cultural projects. This panel will feature short presentations followed by questions and discussion. All presenters will highlight how problems are defined and addressed in science and engineering and how these definitions of problems target, produce, and reinforce biases. Each presenter will speak for 10-15 minutes then we invite discussion, including audience interests and points of intersection.

PTSD, Imaging, and Phenomenology
MaryCatherine McDonald, Old Dominion University,
The Construction of Cleanliness
George Michael Glawson, University of South Carolina,
A Feminist Standpoint Critique of Anti-Homeless Design
Robert Rosenberger, Georgia Tech,
The New Quantification of Normals
Ashley Shew, Virginia Tech,


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