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"The scientific method cannot be isolated from its purpose to serve the common good and the good of each individual."

Migrations, unemployment, suicide or family breakdown are some social phenomena that require a new methodological approach from the sciences, said researcher Alberto Vargas at the ICS 'Ethics and Society Forum'.

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Researchers Alberto Vargas (left) and Fran Güell (right), during the second session of the Ethics and Society Forum. PHOTO: Carlota Cortés
08/11/13 17:24 Isabel Teixeira da Mota

"The scientific method cannot be isolated from its purpose of serving the common good and that of each individual person in particular." This was stated by Alberto Vargas, researcher of the Institute business and Humanismduring the second session of the 'Ethics and Society Forum', organized by the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS). In his intervention, the expert reflected on the anthropological crisis of science from the philosophical perspective of Leonardo Polo, proposal .

He explained that migratory movements, unemployment, suicide or family breakdown are some of the current social phenomena that need to be addressed from a new methodological approach of the sciences.

"The scientific method usually used by the empirical and social sciences has shown its limits in the face of the proliferation of social and psychic illnesses, which surpass it," he said. The solution, he said, is through the multidisciplinarity: "It is convenient that the scientific research expands its methods and opens up to others".

Loss of innovation

"When science is limited in this sense, it loses innovation: it is not able to provide answers. There is great material progress but not human, nor staff", he pointed out.

In turn, biologist and researcher of project 'Mind-brain' Fran Güell emphasized that scientific research has its own method and internal logic. "It would help to clarify Vargas' argument to take into consideration the different types of reductionism: ontological, methodological and epistemological," he stressed.

Alberto I. Vargas is graduate in Political Science and Master's Degree in Public Policy at the Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico). He is currently doing his doctoral thesis in Philosophical Anthropology on the topic 'The anthropological crisis of the West in Leonardo Polo', at the high school business and Humanism of the University of Navarra. His exhibition is framed in this project of research and is the result of three years of interdisciplinary conversations with the biologist and researcher of CIMA Jon Lecanda.

The 'Ethics and Society Forum' consists of a series of sessions that address issues related to the improvement of communal life and society, whether from the perspective of ethics, legal theory, Economics, Philosophy political and social, or the social sciences in general.

The activity is open to researchers, professors and students of postgraduate program from all over the campus. The goal is threefold: it aims to be a vehicle to disseminate the work of the ICS among the entire university community, to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and to encourage ICS researchers to receive feedback from other experts on the work they are developing.