PHIL 160 A: Why Do We Believe in Quarks, Evolution, and Other Crazy Things? Perspectives on Science, Reason, and Reality

Summer Term: 
B-term
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 12:00pm - 2:10pm
Location: 
SWS 230
SLN: 
13044
Instructor:
Justin Lawson

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)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:09pm