History And Philosophy Of Science | Scientific Understanding
X451 | 3013 | Michael Dickson


In retrospect, we can see that Thomas Kuhn's publication of 'The
Structure of Scientific Revolutions' was itself a revolution in the
history and philosophy of science.  This class will examine
'post-Kuhnian' philosophy of science, and particularly insofar as it
can be understood as a consequence or after-effect ofthe movement that
Kuhn represents.  We will read in several areas, including but not
limited to: the nature of scientific theories, scientific
understanding, arguments concerning the possibility of scientific
knowledge, scientific 'method', and relationships among the special
sciences.  We will focus on contemporary authors and debates.