Interdisciplinarity Future: Demand, Opportunities, and Barriers

Read the original post in this site: https://sites.utu.fi/sfi/news/interdisciplinarity-future In our foresight project, one of the main themes that requires answers is the future of the university as an organization based on individual disciplines. What are the roles of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in the future and how are they related in each other within a university? […]

University of Turku’s Delphi Survey: Insights from the University Community

Here is a link to the text I wrote about the Delphi survey we conducted in our university. The text can be also found below. https://sites.utu.fi/sfi/news/university-of-turkus-delphi-survey-insights/ In the University of Turku, a Delphi survey was conducted in order to better understand the future of universities and higher education. The survey was part of the university’s […]

Global Trends and Local Strategy

This is a repost from https://sites.utu.fi/sfi/news/leveraging-knowledge-for-strategy/ As universities face growing uncertainty and complexity regarding their futures, having effective tools to analyze the external landscape and inform strategy is crucial. For this purpose, a comprehensive literature review was produced as part of the project Analysis of the International Operating Environment of the University of Turku and Global […]

Mapping Possibilities: Philosophy of Science and Scenarios of the Future 

This talk argues for the value of using philosophy of science to construct scenarios about possible futures of science. Scenarios are structured descriptions of hypothetical future situations and events. Philosophy provides theoretical resources for scenario construction by offering accounts of scientific change. Different philosophical theories lead to different scenarios, revealing unique possibilities for the future. […]

Realism in Philosophy of Science vs. Realism in Philosophy of History

In this post, I discuss what is peculiar in the debate over realism in philosophy of history when compared to realism-debate in philosophy of science. I argue that the arguments for historical antirealism are of a poor quality or, at least, unclear. Scientific realism can be characterized in three theses: The Metaphysical Thesis: The world […]

Envisioning the Future of Science: A Guide for Researchers

The post is based on a lecture given to researchers in human and social sciences. Science and Its Futures In this post, I want to discuss about how we can think about potential futures for scientific research and consider our role in shaping those futures responsibly, with a focus on the human and social sciences. […]

Can Individual Sciences Map the Futures?

A quote from a review report: This is how philosophers of science understand futures research. I get the same criticism about the field as such every time I write to PoS journal. Some thoughts: Yes, surely scientists in a domain can and do study possible outcomes in that domain. However, understanding the futures of interesting […]

How Does Hyper-Specialization Hurt Universities? Localism and Diversity in Science

When it comes to the future trajectory of academic institutions, a noteworthy development has become identifiable: the growing tendency of universities towards increased specialization in specific fields. This post aims to analyze the potential ramifications of such a trend by drawing on concepts within the philosophy of science, specifically, the idea of localism. The objective […]

The Greatest Mystery in Futures Research

Futures research, despite being a dedicated field with unique goals, methods, and assumptions, carries a mystery. This specialized discipline delves into potential scenarios across all domains of life, every single one of which is also studied by another research field. Hence, the existence of futures research as an independent field poses a significant mystery: Why […]