Awareness of History, Epistemology and the Ethics of Science – 2019/2020

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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 Paris Sciences & Lettres.

The participants are likely to appear punctually, anonymously, in group and in distant plan. The interactions between the speakers and the participants can be filmed but will not be diffused.

The registration for this module is worth acceptance of these conditions.

The students who do not wish in any case to appear in an audiovisual program, even in a fortuitous way, are invited not to register for this training.



Such a training, associating philosophical reflection, historical studies and discussions on the ethical issues of scientific knowledge, has become indispensable to all those who will work tomorrow in research or, more generally, in all the trades related to it. It will enable them not only to improve their research approach but also to develop a civic conscience on these issues, and be better prepared for dialogue with society.


This module aims to better understand the nature of scientific knowledge, to appreciate their place in our societies, and to discern the ethical issues related both to the development of this knowledge and their application.

The first session will allow us to better know students, their research topics and why they chose this module. We will describe the organization of the module and present the topics that will be addressed. The following three sessions will be introductory courses in the history of science, philosophy of science and ethics. From December 13, the sessions will be devoted to a particular theme that will be presented by an external speaker. Topics will include: research ethics and scientific integrity; the reciprocal contributions of natural sciences and social sciences; social and anthropological approaches to science; the issues raised by artificial intelligence; strategies for questioning the value of scientific knowledge; participatory science (the order of conferences is not yet fixed).