Who: Dr. Del Ratzsch
Where: Calvin College
What: Philosophy of Science with research in scientific rationality
I am particularly interested in how broader principles/concerns and worldview issues function in science, and criteria for determining the legitimacy of such functioning. I am currently working on a book-length exploration of some issues linked to the extent to which and the forms in which design theory can provide scientifically legitimate explanatory resources for genuinely scientific theorizing.
There have been lively debates and competition of ideas where the agenda is to get at what's true, and uncover what is mistaken, evidentially weak, unsupported, or off the wall; these are some of the best ways ever discovered for exposing soft spots in arguments and positions. In fact, for that reason I am hoping that there will be subsequent conferences on design theory where there will be genuine hard-nosed (but loving, of course) give and take on relevant issues.