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Unknowability: How Do We Know What Cannot Be Known?

April 4, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - April 5, 2019 @ 3:30 pm EDT


The Center for Public Scholarship at The New School invites you to Unknowability: How Do We Know What Cannot Be Known?, the 38th Social Research Conference.

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.

*This event is free. Guests are encouraged to register.

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


April 4, 2019 @ 3:00 pm EDT
April 5, 2019 @ 3:30 pm EDT
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The New School
55 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011-8603 United States
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