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Philosophy of Natural Sciences II


Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to MA students in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline, specialisation Natural Science, who have completed course Philosophy of Natural Science I).


An advanced course in foundations and methodology of the natural sciences. The course will treat a number of specialist themes in the philosophy of physics and/or biology, depending on the participants’ interests. Sample themes: analysis of empirical data in physical sciences, philosophy of cosmology, the species problem, foundations of evolutionary theory. Further details available on request from the lecturer.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.


See Timetables Master’s Programmes 2010-2011

Mode of instruction

Depending on the number of enrolments this course will be offered either as a full seminar or as a series of individual tutorial sessions.

Assessment method

To be announced



Reading list

A selection of books and journal articles, available in libraries; the reading list will be determined at the beginning of the course.


To be announced

Contact information

Dr. J.W. McAllister:


Compulsory course for MA students in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline, specialisation Natural Science.