Science-Religion and its invented traditions

Science-Religion and its Invented Traditions
seminar from group Science, Reason and Faith.
Jaume Navarro. Pamplona, March 21, 2023.

Jaume Navarro, is Ikerbasque Research Professor at the University of the Basque Country. Trained in physics and in Philosophy, his academic degree program has focused on the history of science, especially in the history of physics in the second half of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, as well as on issues of historical epistemology and historiography of the relationship between science and religion. He is the author of, among others, A History of the Electron. J.J. and G.P. Thomson (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Ether and Modernity. The recalcitrance of an epistemic object in the early twentieth century (Oxford University Press, 2018).

In the last decade, the historiography of science-religion relations has undergone a significant transformation. The interrelationship between science, religion and nationalism that permeates the central thesis of this book (hence my use of Eric Hobsbawm's category of "Invented Traditions") is a novelty in the literature and the result of a reflection with historians of science from around the world. The book locates the origin and consolidation of some commonplaces, such as the thesis of the permanent conflict between science and religion, in the political, cultural and social transformations of the 19th century, while questioning the validity of the categories "science" and "religion". As we read at the end of the introduction, it could be said that "there was no science, there was no religion either, and this is a book about how the relations between the two were constructed".
In the first part of seminar, María Guibert Elizalde, professor of Philosophy at the University of Navarra, poses different questions to speaker that are the result of her reading of the book. After this dialogue between the two will begin the discussion with the rest of the attendees at seminar.