Spring 2008 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: (CSCT)(EDST)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(INFO-MN)(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.
|Examinations 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.
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