History And Philosophy Of Science | X451 Scientific Understanding (3 cr.)
X451 | 2718 | Lloyd


X451 Scientific Understanding (3 cr.)
Time and Day: 11:15a-12:30p MW
Place: GB107
Section: 2718
Elisabeth Lloyd
This course provides an advanced introduction to central issues within contemporary philosophy
of science:
1.   What is the cognitive aim of scientific inquiry?  (Samples of the realism -
instrumentalism debate from DUHEM, VAN FRAASSEN, FINE)
2.   What is the nature of scientific explanation?  (Models proposed by HEMPEL,
ACHENSTEIN, VAN FRAASSEN, SALMON, KITCHER)
3.   How can the degree of confirmation or the strength of evidential support be
measured?  (CARNAPIAN and BAYESIAN approaches; POPPER'S skeptical
critique of inductivism)
4.   What methodology promotes the progress of science?  Views of POPPER,
KUHN, LAKATOS, LAUDAN, LONGINO; ideas for the normative sociology of
science)
Readings to be compiled in a course Reader.  Grades based on short essays, exams and class
participation.