History and Philosophy Of Science | Scientific Reasoning
X200 | 22165 | Christopher Wach

Scientific Reasoning

Science is the most successful way humans have found to produce
knowledge of the world. But science's success lies in the fact that
it is not just a collection of facts and theories -- science's
success comes from critical attitudes and methodologies.

In this course we will learn to analyse the various forms of logical
argument including deductive and inductive reasoning as well as
methods of evaluating hypotheses. We will also learn to recognise
common logical fallacies. We will then see how these methods are
used to understand the world scientifically.

Required text:
Ronald N. Giere, Understanding Scientific Reasoning (5th
Edition), Wadsworth Publishing, 2005, ISBN 015506326X.

2nd 8 weeks