History and Philosophy Of Science | Knowledge and World: Philosophical Explorations of Science
X220 | 3055 | Christopher Martin


How does Science Work?  Where does science begin and end?  Which
kinds of activity count as "science"?  Does science tell us what the
world is "really" like?  Is science our only sure path to
respectable "knowledge"?  What makes it different from other ways of
understanding the universe?  In this course, which aims to be an
accessible introduction to the philosophy of science, we pursue
answers to these and many other questions.  We consider topics such
as positivism, scientific realism, and "scientific revolution," as
well as the views of Mach, Einstein, Popper, Kuhn, and Quine, among
numerous others.  There are no prerequisites for the course other
than an interest in the topic.