Philosophy of Science|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies, Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory, Environmental Studies, Informatics and Modeling, The Study of Education|
This course is a fast-moving introduction to some central topics in the philosophy of science, aimed at students with some college-level study of at least one natural science. Topics include the norms of scientific understanding or explanation; 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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (EDST-MN)(ENVS)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(PSYC)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Carl Hempel, PHILOSOPHY OF NATURAL SCIENCE
Thomas Kuhn, THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS
Ian Hacking, REPRESENTING AND INTERVENING
Plus reserve reading on-line.
|Examination and Assignments: |
One take-home expository/comparative essay, two medium-length papers, short ungraded papers weekly; informed participation in class discussion.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a required course for students in the Science in Society Program (Philosophy of Science) and a core "Mind and Reality" course in Philosophy, but is not limited to SISP or Philosophy students.
|Instructor(s): Rouse,Joseph T. Times: .M.W... 01:20PM-02:40PM; Location: ALLB103; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 33||SR major: 13||JR major: 12|| || |
|Seats Available: -7||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 2||FR: X|
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