Formation « Introduction to History, Epistemology and Ethics of Science – 2020/2021 »

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Ce programme fait l’objet d’une captation audiovisuelle avec l’accord des intervenants.

Il sera diffusé dans le cadre des formations en ligne sur l’un des sites internet de L’Université PSL.

Les participants sont susceptibles d’apparaître ponctuellement, de façon anonyme, en groupe et en plan lointain. Les interactions entre les intervenants et les participants peuvent être filmées mais ne seront pas diffusées.

L’inscription à ce module vaut acceptation de ces conditions.

Les étudiants qui ne souhaitent en aucun cas apparaître dans un programme audiovisuel, même de façon fortuite, sont invités à ne pas s’inscrire à cette formation.



This program is the subject of an audiovisual recording with the agreement of the speakers.

It will be distributed as part of online training on one of the websites of Université PSL.

Participants are likely to appear punctually, anonymously, in a group and in a distant plane. Interactions between speakers and participants can be filmed but will not be broadcast.

Registration for this module constitutes acceptance of these conditions.

Students who do not wish to appear in an audiovisual program, even fortuitously, are invited not to register for this training.



Such training, combining philosophical reflection, historical studies and discussions on the ethical issues of scientific knowledge, has become essential for all those who will work tomorrow in research or, more generally, in all related professions. It will enable them not only to improve their approach as researchers, but also to develop a citizen’s awareness of these issues, and to be better prepared for dialogue with society.



Friday from 1 to 5 p.m.: November 6, 2020.

Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.: November 13 and 27, 2020 / December 11, 2020 / January 22 and 29, 2021 / February 12, 2021 / March 5 and 26, 2021 / April 2 and 9, 2021 / May 28, 2021 / June 11, 2021.

This module aims to better understand the epistemology of scientific knowledge, to reflect on its role in our societies, and to identify the ethical issues related to both the development of this knowledge and its application.

The first session will allow us to get to know the students, their research topics and the reasons why they chose this module. We will describe the organization of the module and present the topics that will be addressed. The next three sessions will be introductory courses in the history of science, philosophy of science and ethics. Starting January 22nd, the next sessions will be dedicated to a particular theme that will be presented by an invited speaker.

The following topics will be addressed in particular: Research ethics and scientific integrity; the cross contributions of natural and social sciences; interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity; social and anthropological approaches to science; issues raised by artificial intelligence; participatory research; reflections raised by epidemics. The order of the conferences has not yet been decided.