Past Event

Unknowability: How Do We Know What Cannot Be Known?

April 4, 2019 - April 5, 2019
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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The New School (Various Locations), New York

Event Description:

The Center for Public Scholarship at The New School hosts its 38th Social Research Conference: Unknowability: How Do We Know What Cannot Be Known?

From the earliest moments of humanity’s search for answers and explanations, we have grappled with the unknowable, that which we are unable or not permitted to know. What does the history of the unknowable look like? What are the questions once thought to be unanswerable that have been answered? Are there enduring unknowables and if so, what are they?

This conference affords a rare opportunity for scholars from different fields to engage with each other and with the general public on this issue, particularly while we are living in what some might call a post-truth world. At a time when the distinction between what is true and what is not has become increasingly problematic, focusing attention on how we know what we cannot know has become essential.

Event Speaker: 

This conference features Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience Advisory Committee member Stuart Firestein. For a full list of speakers and their biographies, please visit the conference webpage

Event Information: 

This event is free and open to the public, please register via Eventbrite

Day 1 takes place in Tishman Auditorium at 63 Fifth Avenue, New York; Day 2's sessions will be in the Theresa Lang Center at 55 West 13th Street, New York. 

This conference is partially supported by the National Science Foundation under Award Number SES 1837895.