University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Practical science meets empirical science in Oct. 14 talk

“Practical Philosophy of Science Meets Empirical Sociology of Science,” a lecture and discussion by Nora Hangel, Research Fellow at the Cultural Foundations of Social Integration, Center of Excellence, at the University of Konstanz, in Germany, is set for 5 p.m.  Monday, October 14, in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union

 University research is steadily becoming more interdisciplinary, while publication and tenure standards have become more specialized within disciplinary norms.  This leads to a variety of philosophical questions, not the least of which is how discipline-based methods can transcend traditional boundaries.

 In this paper, Dr. Nora Hangel addresses this difficult question by reflecting on epistemic and social practices in research (what counts as knowledge for a given research community and how they pursue that knowledge), and by considering how these practices reference the researcher, the discipline, and the scientific community as a whole. In her wide-ranging discussion, Dr. Hangel concerns herself with the humanities, and the natural and social sciences, and combines both empirical and theoretical research.

This is a timely discussion, given UND's continued exploration of interdisciplinary scholarship. It will be of interest to anyone who wonders about the future of university research, especially faculty and students in the larger multidisciplinary units such as the College of Arts & Sciences.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life. For more information, contact Jack Weinstein at or 777.2887.