History and Philosophy Of Science | What is Science? And, Who Cares
E104 | 11499 | Jordi Cat


What is Science? And, Who Cares

This course surveys a very broad range of aspects of that complex
world that for centuries has been identified as science: from facts
to values; from basic notions of what  we know (scientific models of
matter, mind, life and society) and how we know it (methods of
inquiry) to a number of aspects of science that reveal its important
link to many aspects of human nature and culture (ethical,
religious, political, cognitive and aesthetic values).  In fact,
science could not survive and develop without them.  Science is
radically human, so itís no surprise that it expresses what
characterizes our humanity: the myriad of human capacities and
conflicts, interests and resources, strengths and limitations.
Science is an enduring part of our world, our history and our
civilization.  To ignore it is to dismiss and neglect all that, and
to diminish our role and responsibilities in it.  This course will
prepare students to discover and appreciate a variety of factors in
the complex and ever changing course of science.  It will stimulate
their awareness and curiosity and their motivation.