History and Philosophy Of Science | Survey of the Philosophy of Science
X551 | 17886 | Amit Hagar


This course provides an advanced introduction to central issues
within contemporary philosophy of science. We will cover topics such
as Science vs. Pseudo-Science, underdetemination, the notion of
natural laws, scientific explanation and confirmation, the nature of
inter-theoretic reduction, and the realism/anti-realism debate. The
objectives are to be introduced to the major fields of study in
contemporary philosophy of science and, above all, to gain a firm
understanding of the relation between philosophy and science and the
important reciprocally enhancing roles each has for the other. There
will be weekly writing assignments of 1-2 pages each, and a final
term paper.