Philosophy of Science|
Fall 2020 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate, Education Studies Minor|
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.
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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
Plus reserve reading on-line.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One take-home expository/comparative essay, 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 (Philosophy of Science) and a core "Mind and Reality" course in Philosophy, but is not limited to SISP or Philosophy students.
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