W036
Moralities of nature

Convenors:
Carles Salazar (Universitat de Barcelona)
Enric Porqueres (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)
Location:
115
Start time:
28 August, 2008 at 11:00
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

The purpose of this workshop is to explore how notions about nature and natural order are used in both religious and scientific modes of thought in order to produce different truth discourses.

Long abstract:

For a very long time, religious and scientific truths have been seen as antagonistic perspectives upon reality - one of them based on moral values, the other on empirical facts - accommodation between the two being a matter of recognising their incommensurability (SJ Gould's notion of Non Overlapping Magisteria). But religious and scientific views do actually overlap in many different ways and, especially, in relation to the value that both of them place upon the idea of nature as the bedrock from which both morality and truth originate. We welcome theoretical or ethnographic papers that deal with the different ways in which notions about nature, natural order (or disorder), natural facts, human and non-human nature, etc, become relevant as sources of value, knowledge and truth in religion, science and other cultural forms.