Philosophy of Science


Course Objective

- acquire knowledge of and insight into the most important schools and
problems in contemporary philosophy of science (at an introductory
- applying this knowledge and insights to current questions and
discussions regarding the nature of science and its role in today's
- develop one's own substantiated judgment with regard to philosophical
questions concerning science, and are able to communicate this judgment
verbally and in writing.

Course Content

This course will address key-subjects in philosophy of science:
- Classical philosophy of science (logical positivism and Popper);
- Historical and sociological research in science;
- Realism and the nature of scientific explanation;
- Philosophy of Social Science and the Humanities;
- Science and values;
- Feminist's perspectives on science.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, assignments, debates

Method of Assessment

Written exam (70%), written assignment (30%)


Kent W. Staley, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Cambridge
University Press, 2014). Other required readings will be announced
through Canvas.

Target Audience

BA2-students Philosophy, students in the Minor Philosophy.

Recommended background knowledge

Recommended is a general familiarity with systematic or historical
problems from philosophy.

General Information

Course Code W_BA_SCIE
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. S. De Haro Olle
Examiner dr. S. De Haro Olle
Teaching Staff dr. S. De Haro Olle

Practical Information

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Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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