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IAS inaugural international lecture - Limits of science, frontiers of research and other open questions

Date: 10 October 2007 Time: 6.00 pm

Helga Nowotny (Chair of the European Research Advisory Board)

Limits of science, frontiers of research and other open questions

To ask about the limits of science seems to be either an obsolete or a deliberately provocative question given the almost limitless horizon of potential and opportunities that science and technology are currently opening up. But what is happening in the social sciences and humanities, besieged as the world is by problems seemingly addressed to them? Or are only the approaches used in the social sciences and humanities nearing their limit? Simultaneously, the frontiers of research are vigorously pushed forward as a collective as well as an individual endeavour. Where exactly are the frontiers in the social sciences and humanities today and what is happening there?

In my lecture I will speak about these and other open questions related to the pluralistic perspectives of human agents, the results of whose action escape human design. Welcome to a world of global and local governance in which human agents are struggling to find a common public space for their new experiences

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