PHIL 371: Philosophy of Natural Sciences

PHIL 371-001: Philosophy of Natural Sciences
(Fall 2017)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR

Nguyen Engineering Building 1108

Section Information for Fall 2017

  • Fulfills the requirement for a course in the analytic tradition for the Philosophy major.
  • Fulfills a requirement for the PPE concentration.

This upper-level undergraduate course explores some of the central issues in the philosophy of science, including:  what distinguishes science from non-science; induction and inference; explanation; the unity of science; observation and its relation to theory; and scientific realism.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

One semester of logic recommended. Study of aims and methodology of science. Among the questions of concern are: What constitutes a good scientific explanation? What grounds are used for comparing rival theories? Is there a special method of scientific discovery? May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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