History And Philosophy Of Science | Survey of the Philosophy of Science: The Legacy of Logical Positivism
X451 | 2991 | Lloyd


This course provides an advanced introduction to central issues within
comtemporary philosophy of science:

1.  What is cognitive aim for scientific inquiry? (Samples of the
realism-instrumentalism debate from DUHEM,VAN FRAASSEN, FINE)
2.  What is the nature of scientific explanation? (Models proposed by
HEMPL,ACHENSTEIN,VAN FRAASSEN,SALMON, KITCHER)
3.  How can the degree of confirmation of the strength of evidential
support be measured? (CARNAPIAN & BAYESIAN approaches; POPPER'S
skeptical critique of inductivism)
4.  What methodology promotes the progress of science? Views of
POPPER,KUHN,LAKATOS,LAUDAN,LONGINO; ideas for the normative sociology
of science

Reading will be compiled into a course Reader.  Grades will be based
on a short essays, exams and class participation.

Time and Day:  2:00p.m. - 4:30p.m., Tuesday
Place: Goodbody Hall 107