Philosophy of Science I
7.5 credits cr.
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This course introduces philosophy of science by focusing on seven central topics in contemporary philosophers of science. Each topic will be tied to historical developments in 20th century philosophy of science.
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How do scientific inferences work? In what way are scientific theories supported by empirical data? In what way do scientific theories develop over time? What is a scientific explanation. What is a law of nature? How should causal connnections be understood? What is it that a scientific theory describes?
Learning platform: Athena
Instructor Autumn term 2023: James Nguyen
Language of instruction Autumn term 2023: English
Way of instruction: Lectures and discussions.
Examination: Two short essays. Students will complete two essays for this course; one in the middle of the course, one towards the end of the course. I will distribute prompts for both essays well in advance, together with the grading rubric. The first essay will primarily focus on argument reconstruction, while the second will require original argumentation in context of a debate in philosophy of science by drawing on the literature discussed in class. Each essay should be approx. 1200 – 2000 words.
ScheduleThe schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
Studievägledare Sama Agahi
Studierektor Mattias Högström