In this course, we will address a range of philosophical problems raised by scientific knowledge and its status. The problems examined will fall into roughly two kinds, one about the methods of science, and the other philosophical puzzles about what science describes. Problems of the first kind include the justification of scientific inferences, the connection between observation and theory, and how to understand progress in science. Problems of the second kind include puzzles about laws of nature, causation and probability.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Identify philosophical issues about the methods of science.
2. Understand and explain puzzles about what science describes and seeks to explain.
3. Evaluate some rival theories about scientific method and the metaphysics of science.
4. Understand arguments for and against contentious views in the philosophy of science.
Articulate positions and arguments in discussions.
One 2,000 word essay, 40% (Learning outcomes 1, 3, and 4)
One 2,000 word essay 50% (Learning outcomes 2, 3 and 4)
participation 10% (Learning outcomes 1-5)
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2 hours of lectures/week, plus 1 hour of tutorials (weeks 2-13), plus 7 hours a week private study and assessment preparation.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Assumed KnowledgeStudents will be expected to either have a background in one or more philosophy subjects, or one or more science subjects, or a mixture (i.e. one philosophy and one science). For these purposes, philosophy courses include MATH1042.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8820||21 Jul 2014||01 Aug 2014||31 Aug 2014||30 Oct 2014||In Person||N/A|