Philosophy of Science|
Spring 2007 not offered
|Certificates: Environmental Studies, Informatics and Modeling|
This course is a fast-moving introduction to the philosophy of science. Topics include the relation between finished theories or explanations and ongoing research, the recognition and dissemination of discoveries, the justification of scientific claims, conceptual and technical (revolutionary) change in the science, the significance of instrumentation, experiment and artifice in science, the places of laws, models, and causal relations in scientific understanding, and whether various sciences differ fundamentally in their aims, methods, and achievements. Considerable attention will be given to examples of scientific practice, both historical and contemporary.
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CES)(CIM)(CSCT)(EDST-MN)(ENVS)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(PSYC)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Carl Hempel, PHILOSOPHY OF NATURAL SCIENCE
Thomas Kuhn, THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS
Ian Hacking, REPRESENTING AND INTERVENING
David Papineau, ed. THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
plus reserve reading.
|Examination and Assignments: |
One take-home examination, two medium length papers, short ungraded papers weekly; informed participation in class discussion.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a required course for students in the Science in Society Program, but is not limited to SISP students.