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Philosophy of Science

SISP 202
Spring 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: PHIL 287
Certificates: Environmental Studies, Environmental Studies, Informatics and Modeling, The Study of Education

This course is a fast-moving introduction to the philosophy of science. Topics include the relation between finished theories or explanations and ongoing research; the recognition and dissemination of discoveries; the justification of scientific claims; conceptual and technical (revolutionary) change in the science; the significance of instrumentation, experiment, and artifice in science; the places of laws, models, and causal relations in scientific understanding; and whether various sciences differ fundamentally in their aims, methods, and achievements. Considerable attention will be given to examples of scientific practice, both historical and contemporary.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA SISP
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENVS)(PHIL)(PSYC)(SISP)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on APR-23-2014
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