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Philosophy of Science

Course
2021-2022

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to:

  • Second-year students enrolled in the BA Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives
  • Pre-master’s students in Philosophy who are in possession of an admission statement, and for whom this course is part of their programme.

Description

In this course we reflect on science itself; on the metaphyiscal lessons of science; and on the relation between science and other ways of thinking, certainly including philosophy. We discuss topics such as induction and falsification, revolutions in science, naturalism, scientism, scientific pluralism, explanation and understanding, causation, laws of nature, and feminist approaches to philosophy of science. Most of our time will be spent reading primary literature by authors such as Popper, Putnam, Hanson, Kuhn, Davidson, Haack, Canguilhem, Cartwright, Anscombe, Dretske and Harding. In the seminars, there will be much room for discussion.

Course objectives

This course aims to introduce students to the central ideas and theories of contemporary philosophy of science, and to train them in the reading and discussing of philosophical papers in this area.

Students who successfully complete the course will have a good understanding of:

  • the central ideas of contemporary philosophy of science, such as induction and falsification, revolutions in science, naturalism, scientism, scientific pluralism, explanation and understanding, causation, laws of nature, and feminist approaches to philosophy of science;

  • the ideas of 20th and 21st century philosophers in the field of philosophy of science, such as Popper, Putnam, Hanson, Kuhn, Davidson, Haack, Canguilhem, Cartwright, Anscombe, Dretske and Harding.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • reproduce the most important theories and ideas from contemporary philosophy of science;

  • take up a position concerning these ideas and defend that position;

  • read a philosophical paper by themselves and take up a position regarding it.

Timetable

The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Pre-recorded video lectures

  • Tutorials (2 hours per week)

Class attendance is required for tutorials.

Assessment method

Assessment

  • Midterm online exam (30%)

  • Final online exam (50%)

  • Participation in tutorials (20%)

Weighting

The final mark for the course is established by determination of the weighted average of several subtests (see above).

Resit

The resit covers the following exam components: midterm online exam and final online exam. The resit consists of an online exam covering the entire course content and the mark for the resit replaces all previously earned marks for the two online exams (80%).
The grade for participation in tutorials (20%) remains in place.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

To be announced on Brightspace.

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetables for courses and exams

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

Contact

  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the information bar at the right hand side of the page.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc., contact the Education Administration Office Huizinga

Remarks

Not applicable.