Topics in the Philosophies of the Sciences

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Topics in the Philosophies of Science provides an overview of
philosophical problems in a broad range of scientific disciplines, such
as philosophy of biology, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of
physics, philosophy of economics, etc.

The student learns to analyse philosophical problems related to
scientific disciplines and to evaluatie the relevant empirical and
philosophical arguments. In the course several communication skills are
being trained: writing skills (abstracts and essay), presentations, and
debating skills.

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In this course we discuss philosophical topics in the philosophies of
the sciences. The emphasis is on a naturalistic approach of
philosophical issues, in which scientific data and philosophical
arguments are tightly interwoven.


Seminar. Every week there are 2x3 hours of teaching. Every lecture must
be prepared by the student; the text must be read and assignments must
be submitted before the start of a lecture. In the lectures, the text
and the assignments will be discussed.


Abstracts (1/4); comments and participation in the discussion (1/4);
presentation (1/4); final essay (1/4).
Participation in the lecture is obligatory. In case of two absences,
there will be 0 for the part comment and participation in the
discussion. In case of absence on the scheduled date of the
presentation, there will be a 0 mark for the presentation.
In case of a resit, students have to hand in new assignments for all the
parts that were below 6. In case the presentation was insufficient, a
new essay must be written. In case the comments and participation in the
discussion was insufficient, 12 new comments of 500 words must be


Selected texts; to be announced on canvas


The course is primarily for students in the bachelor philosophy.
Other students willing to follow the course should take into account
that the format of the course presupposes that students are sufficiently
familiar with several philosophical subdisciplines.

Toelichting Canvas

A more extensive course guide will be posted on canvas in due time.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

Philosophy of science
Students should be familiar with philosophy and have followed several
courses in philosophy, e.g,. metaphysics, philosophy of mind,
epistemology, ethics, ...

Algemene informatie

Vakcode W_BA_PHSC
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P5
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. L.B. Decock
Examinator prof. dr. L.B. Decock
Docenten prof. dr. L.B. Decock

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