LCSC Speaker Series

Is There a War on Science?
with MAYA GOLDENBERG

Is There a War on Science?

Using vaccine hesitancy as a case study, I argue against the common view that public controversy over scientific claims is part of a culture war on science. These controversies instead highlight a social fracturing that divides scientific institutions from the public. I present the alternative view that vaccine hesitancy signals a crisis of trust that invites different thinking about the nature of science, its relationships to the public, and what effective public health outreach should entail.

MAYA GOLDENBERG is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph. Her research is in philosophy of science and medicine. She is author of Vaccine Hesitancy: Public Trust, Expertise, and the War on Science (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021).

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