- 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 ContentThis 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 MethodsLectures, assignments, debates
Method of AssessmentWritten exam (70%), written assignment (30%)
LiteratureKent W. Staley, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Cambridge
University Press, 2014). Other required readings will be announced
Target AudienceBA2-students Philosophy, students in the Minor Philosophy.
Recommended background knowledgeRecommended is a general familiarity with systematic or historical
problems from philosophy.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||dr. E. Koster|
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