July 2021

A Reformational theory of objectivity?

Can Christian thinking enhance academic work?  It's our conviction, at Faith-in-Scholarship, that it can.  So I'm excited to tell you about a paper offering a positive contribution to philosophy of science on the basis of a Christian philosophy.  It's about scientific objectivity.  Common definitions of objectivity call for a 'view from nowhere', or guaranteed repeatability of results, or getting nature to reveal herself, and often imply some kind of inerrancy.  Instead, we propose that objectivity is projection: representing a complex system using numbers, diagrams, photographs or videos, for example.