PHIL 460 A: Philosophy Of Science

Meeting Time: 
MWF 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
SAV 130
SLN: 
19714
Instructor:
Benjamin Feintzeig
Benjamin H. Feintzeig

Syllabus Description:

Course Time: Mon/Wed/Fri 2-3:20PM

Course Location: Savery Hall 130

Instructor: Benjamin Feintzeig
Email: bfeintze@uw.edu
Office Hours: Wed 3:30-5pm, Fri 10:30-11:30am and by appointment
Office Location: Savery Hall M397, Tel.: (206) 543-5094

Texts:

Philosophy of Science: The Central Issues, by Martin Curd and J.A. Cover. New York: W.W. Norton & Company

All other readings will be made available on the course website.

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Course Description:

Science is supposed to be the human knowledge-gaining enterprise par excellence. But what distinguishes science from other human endeavors? And what, if anything, makes the methods used by scientists more objective or rational? This course will investigate questions about the nature of scientific knowledge through an introductory survey to contemporary philosophy of science. Topics covered will include empirical meaningfulness, scientific confirmation, scientific explanation, theory change, the engagement of science with social issues and values, and scientific realism. Throughout, we'll pay particular attention to examples from the history of science (including the physical, biological, and social sciences) and the context in which theories develop.

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Course Outcomes: By the end of the quarter, students will be able to:

      1. Read and explain contemporary literature in the philosophy of science.
      2. Think critically about the nature of scientific knowledge and its role in society.
      3. Defend theses concerning the nature of science with clear arguments and evidence.

 

You can find a link to the full syllabus with course schedule here.

Additional Details:

Instructor: Ben Feintzeig

Science is supposed to be the human knowledge-gaining enterprise par excellence. But what distinguishes science from other human endeavors? And what, if anything, makes the methods used by scientists more objective or rational? This course will investigate questions about the nature of scientific knowledge through an introductory survey to contemporary philosophy of science. Topics covered will include empirical meaningfulness, scientific confirmation, scientific explanation, theory change, the engagement of science with social issues and values, and scientific realism. Throughout, we'll pay particular attention to examples from the history of science (including the physical, biological, and social sciences) and the context in which theories develop. Prerequisite: one PHIL course.

TEXT: TBA

Catalog Description: 
Critical study of the nature of scientific knowledge. Topics include the relation of theory to observation, the use of mathematics, how theories change, the requirements for the meaningfulness of a theory, and nature of confirmation.. Prerequisite: one PHIL course.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Natural World (NW)
Credits: 
5
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:07pm