October 7, 2015 | 6:30 p.m.
St. Louis University
E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center (12th floor)
Lowenstein Center, Lincoln Center Campus
113 W. 60th Street, New York, NY 10023
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.