If science is about facts, then scientist should be clear on their definition of what ‘facts’ are. This is what historian of science Trudy Dehue argues in this lecture. Dehue came a long way in various academic fields. Her broad interests are reflected by her curriculum vitae: Dehue gained a Masters in Psychology in 1983 and in Philosophy in 1985, as well as a PhD summa cum laude with the a thesis on the changing concepts of ‘research’ and ‘objectivity’ in psychology in 1990. After receiving her PhD, Dehue continued to be active in the academic field, chairing the research group ‘Theory and History of Psychology’ from 1995 to 2013. Her books ‘De Depressie-epidemie: Over de Plicht het Lot in Eigen Hand te Nemen’ (2008) and‘Betere Mensen - Over Gezondheid als Keuze en Koopwaar’ (2014) were very influential and further testify her large range of interests. Trudy Dehue currently holds a full professorship for the History of Science as well as the History of the Social Sciences at the University of Groningen.
The handouts of the lecture can be downloaded here. Also have a look at the two videoclips below.