Proposition 8 and the Distractions of Social Science

September 27, 2012
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Daniel N. RobinsonDistinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Georgetown University; Fellow of the Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University

Author of How Is Nature Possible: The Project of Kant’s First Critique (Continuum Publishing, 2012)

The contentious pleadings arising from California's 'Prop 8' provided yet another occasion for reciting any number of findings that, as a matter of law, had virtually nothing to do with the issue at hand.  Illustrated yet again was the worrisome use of theory and data as patent advocacy.  An appraisal of the manner in which this obscured fundamental issues arising from 'Prop 8' leads to a critical perspective on the place of psychology, psychiatry and social science in the adjudicative domain.

Daniel N. Robinson is a member of the Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University, where he has taught since 1991. He is also Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, Georgetown University, on whose faculty he served for over thirty years. Over the years, he has been Visiting Professor at a number of institutions including the Folger Shakespeare Institute, Princeton, and Columbia.  His scholarship covers an unusually wide range of disciplines, including the brain sciences, philosophy and history of science, moral philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophy of mind, intellectual history. His most recent book, How Is Nature Possible: The Project of Kant’s First Critique (2012), is available from Continuum Publishing.  In 2001, Professor Robinson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division of the History of Psychology of the American Psychological Association and, in the same year, the Distinguished Contribution Award from the APA’s Division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. In 2011, he was selected for the Joseph B. Gittler Award for significant contributions to the philosophical foundations of Psychology. He received his B.A. from Colgate University and his Ph.D. in Neuropsychology from the City University of New York.


Proposition 8 and the Distractions of Social Science


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