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Philosophy of Science

SISP 202
Spring 2017 not offered
Crosslisting: PHIL 287
Certificates: Environmental Studies, Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory, Environmental Studies, Informatics and Modeling, The Study of Education

This course is a fast-moving introduction to some central topics in the philosophy of science, aimed at students with some college-level study of at least one natural science. Topics include the norms of scientific understanding or explanation; 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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA SISP
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(EDST)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(INFO-MN)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(PSYC)

Last Updated on JUL-12-2024
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