The Kira Institute conducted a series of yearly summer schools, aimed at bringing together graduate students from various disciplines within science, as well as within the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. They engage in an open Socratic dialogue, centered around science and experience.
The first summer school was held during Aug. 2-15, 1998, on the Amherst College campus, with support from the Fetzer Institute. This became an annual event, held in late July to early August between 1998-2002.
Starting Questions in the Kira Institute Summer School
Is it possible to live without any fixed world views, in a freedom from identification, true to one's experience, and in accord with modern science?
What role can reason rightfully play in science and in the domain of values?
Is there a non-sectarian way to locate the spiritual dimensions required to ground ethical conduct?
Bas van Fraassen:
Does a scientific theory have to be true to be good? How does a scientific theory represent nature, and to what extent does science involve interpretation?
Can we arrive at an enriched conception of theory and a richer understanding of experience as the basis of science?
For background on the Kira Summer School see :