Famous philosopher and founder of 'Social Epistemology' visits University of Bolton

Posted on Wednesday 7th June 2017

Philosopher and founder of Social Epistemology, Professor Steve Fuller, recently visited the exceptional new study, teaching, and research facilities at Queen’s Specialist Building.

During his tour of the building he was also introduced to the University’s vision as a high quality, student-focused teaching intensive, research informed (TIRI) higher education institution.

Professor Fuller currently holds the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick. He graduated from Columbia University before gaining an M.Phil. from Cambridge and PhD from Pittsburgh.  Steve Fuller is best known for his foundational work in the field of ‘Social Epistemology’; the philosophy of science and scientific practice.  


‘Much of Steve’s work focuses on questions around biomedical enhancements and how they can improve the capacities of human beings,’ said Dr Ianis G. Matsoukas, Molecular Geneticist, and Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Sport and Biological Sciences.

‘He defends “transhumanism”, the concept that humans should embrace genetic enineering, genome editing and other biomedical interventions that can help us transcend our genetic limits. Interestingly, he argues that reforms in our political and legal systems might be required to maximize the benefits and reduce the harm from genetic self-improvement and self-enhancement.’

Along with 21 books, Professor Fuller has written more than 65 book chapters and 160 academic articles. He has given many distinguished lectures and plenary addresses, and has presented to academic and non-academic audiences throughout the world, including over 100 media interviews. His works have been translated into more than fifteen languages. 

‘Steve Fuller is one of the most prolific authors in contemporary social sciences, philosophy of science, and science and technology studies. His work has fuelled imaginations and provoked debates across many disciplines around the world. There is no doubt that his work might force you to reconsider your own beliefs about the meaning and purpose of life, human destiny, and the nature of truth,’ said Dr Matsoukas.

A collection of books written by Professor Fuller can be found now in the Peter Marsh Library.