COLQ H301 Science and Human Values

The prohibition against confusion of is and ought has not prevented scientific theories from impinging on sociopolitical and religious values. The purpose of this colloquium is to examine specific instances of the interaction of science and values in order to gain insights into various ways in which these interactions occur. What is science? What are values? Is the methodology of science relevant to the methodology of ethics? What is the role of theology in science and in ethics? Is science objective and are values subjective? Is science value-free? The emphasis is on the interaction of science and values, not on the history of science or on the growth of knowledge.