Science, Religion, and the Transmission of Knowledge
October 7, 2015
Contemporary scientific knowledge depends on various kinds of social factors. For example, scientists work together in research teams, different teams rely on each other's work, and the rest of us rely on experts when the results of scientific inquiry are disseminated to the general public. Religious belief is likewise largely the result of social forces. Religious traditions transmit faith from generation to generation, and religious communities are characterized by an "epistemic division of labor" among church authorities, scholars, and laypersons. This lecture explores a promising approach to understanding social dependence in the sciences, and argues that religious belief lends itself to an analogous treatment.
John Greco holds the Eslick Chair in Philosophy at Saint Louis University. He is the distinguished author and/or editor of 10 books and over a hundred papers dealing with epistemology and its implications for science and theology. He is a regular distinguished visitor at the Edinburgh Centre for Epistemology, Mind and Normativity, an Associate Researcher at the Knowledge First Epistemology Project, and the principal investigator at the Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility Project.