PHIL 160 A: Why Do We Believe In Quarks, Evolution, And Other Crazy Things? Perspectives On Science, Reason, And Reality

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 12:00pm - 1:00pm
JHN 026

Additional Details:

This course is a basic introduction to general issues in the philosophy of science. The aim of this class is to give students a richer understanding of the scientific process, by looking at a variety of philosophical accounts of science and selected examples from the history of and contemporary science. Topics may include (but are not limited to): Science’s aims, the demarcation of science from non-science, the form and purpose of scientific inferences and explanations, Science’s objectivity and authority, and the relationship between Science and Society.

TEXT: Philosophy of Science – A New Introduction, Gillian Barker and Philip Kitcher.

Catalog Description: 
Study of how scientific theories are justified and why they are accepted, using selected examples from the history of science.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Natural World (NW)
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January 10, 2018 - 9:27pm