Undergraduate Course: Philosophy of Science 1 (PHIL08005)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The lecture content is divided into Three Parts.
Part One focuses on the scientific method and will introduce some classic topics in philosophy of science, such as the old and new problem of induction, Popper's falsificationism, Kuhn's structure of scientific revolutions, Lakatos's methodology of scientific research programs, and Feyerabend's methodological anarchism.
Part Two will provide an introduction to the literature on scientific realism and antirealism: starting with Putnam and Boyd's original definition of scientific realism, we will move on to Bas van Fraassen's constructive empiricism and Ian Hacking's experimental realism.
Part Three will discuss laws of nature, scientific explanation and scientific models.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Science and Society 1A (SCSU08001)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 mid-term essay (1500 words) and 1 exam at the end of the semester. Coursework counts for 25%; exam for 75%.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
| to introduce the student to characteristically philosophical ways of thinking
to enable the student to express philosophical ideas and arguments
|Course organiser||Dr Michela Massimi
Tel: (0131 6)50 3662
|Course secretary||Ms Stephanie Fong
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