Keynote Speaker – Dr. Paul Copan
“Truth, Freedom, and Social Constructions: Why Truth-Seeking Ought To Guide Scientific Research”
Without an understanding of key philosophical and ethical concepts for doing research-including “truth,” “tolerance,” “social constructionism,” and “freedom”-one’s research is likely to become skewed and prove to be both unscientific, and propagandistic. The researcher ought to have freedom to investigate and publish one’s research in the interests of truth-that is, what corresponds to reality. Such a view is not only commonsensical and self-evident. It simply makes for good science and
prevents it from being corrupted by pure social and political agendas.
Dr. Paul Copan (Ph.D. philosophy Marquette University) is Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is author and editor of over twenty books, including The Rationality of Theism (Routledge), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion (Routledge), and Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues (Blackwell). He is the current President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, and he regularly speaks on university campuses and conferences. Paul and his wife, Jacqueline, have six children, and they reside in West Palm Beach, Florida. Paul’s personal website is: www.paulcopan.com