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Fall 2015

HPSC-X 100 Human Perspectives on Science (3)
TOPIC:  Disordered Minds:  the History and Philosophy of Psychiatry
Nick Zautra
Class # 4509
Regular Academic Session
MWF 11:15a-12:05p SY002

This course surveys one of the most interesting developments in the history and philosophy of science: the scientific practices involved in making human beings an object of study. We will examine the ways in which psychologists and psychiatrists have investigated human nature, approaches to research they have developed to that end, major controversies in the field, and basic philosophical assumptions made in the sciences of human nature. We investigate the development of psychiatric theory, treatment methods, and institutions. Finally, we connect philosophical questions raised by mental disorder and our attempts to understand/treat it to debates in philosophy such as the mind/body problem, the concept of a person, and the possibility of knowledge.

HPSC-X102 Revolutions in Science: Plato to NATO (3)
Aaron Martinez
Class # 4510
Regular Academic Session
MWF 12:20p-1:10p SY200

Where did modern science come from? Traditional wisdom has said that it is a stockpile of techniques and knowledge that has accumulated linearly over the centuries. This course presents a more complex and dynamic picture, in which the history of science also takes unexpected twists, turns and conceptual leaps in response to a wide array of scientific and non-scientific stimuli. Indeed we will see that far from opperating in isolation, the scientific tradition has always (for better or worse) maintained a symbiotic relationship with wider intellectual and social trends. The course introduces the most important formative episodes in the western scientific tradition, each of which overturned earlier ways of investigating and understanding nature. These include Aristotelian physics, Ptolemaic astronomy and Galenic medicine in the ancient and Medieval world; the scientific revolutions of the 15th-18th centuries that ushered in Copernican astronomy, Newtonian physics, and new ideas about physiology and medicine; the Darwinian revolutions; and the rise of modern physics and other 20th-century innovations and problems.

HPSC-X102 Revolutions in Science: Plato to NATO (3)
Instructor TBA
Class #12489
Regular Academic Session
TR 9:30a-10:45a SY200

Where did modern science come from? Traditional wisdom has said that it is a stockpile of techniques and knowledge that has accumulated linearly over the centuries. This course presents a more complex and dynamic picture, in which the history of science also takes unexpected twists, turns and conceptual leaps in response to a wide array of scientific and non-scientific stimuli. Indeed we will see that far from opperating in isolation, the scientific tradition has always (for better or worse) maintained a symbiotic relationship with wider intellectual and social trends. The course introduces the most important formative episodes in the western scientific tradition, each of which overturned earlier ways of investigating and understanding nature. These include Aristotelian physics, Ptolemaic astronomy and Galenic medicine in the ancient and Medieval world; the scientific revolutions of the 15th-18th centuries that ushered in Copernican astronomy, Newtonian physics, and new ideas about physiology and medicine; the Darwinian revolutions; and the rise of modern physics and other 20th-century innovations and problems.

HPSC-X123 Perspectives on Science:  Social and Historical (3)
TOPIC: Witches, Science and Society
Kate Grauvogel
Class #30554
Regular Academic Session
TR 11:15a-12:30p SY200

This course investigates some of the ideas and works that likely motivated the witch trials, from early pagan practices to heresy and publications on witchcraft. We will also broach the subject of the dissection of witches for the purpose of finding physical "evidence" of witchcraft. Finally, we will explore how the dissemination of ideas and practices regarding witches continue to shape attitudes and societal perceptions about reproduction and sexuality.

HPSC-X123 Perspectives on Science:  Social and Historical (3)
TOPIC:  Apocalypse & Uncertainty: Philosophy of Climate Change
Kimberly Brumble
Class # 30563
Regular Academic Session
TR 4p-5:15p GY436

TBA

HPSC-X200 Scientific Reasoning (3)
Samuel Ketcham
Class #10005
Regular Academic Session
MWF 12:20p-1:10p SY002

Scientific reasoning has provided one of the best sources of knowledge that has ever been available.  It has been used to craft theories that allow people to explain events, predict the future, and intervene in the natural world.  While scientific reasoning cannot lead to certain knowledge, it underlies a scientific enterprise that is revisable in the face of new information, and grows in response to new research.  What is scientific reasoning, and what about it makes it scientific?  In this course we will explore philosophical and historical answers to this question, evaluating different conceptions of scientific reasoning.  Some rely on identifying natural laws, while others involve building models.  We will examine how scientific reasoning relates to uncertainty, and what sort of evidence is necessary to evaluate statistical and causal hypotheses.  Finally, we will examine the relationship between scientific reasoning, objectivity, and the role of values in science.  This course will draw from Understanding Scientific Reasoning by Ronald Giere, John Bickle, and Robert Mauldin, but will also include a variety of other written material to supplement topics for discussion.  The format of this course will be a combination of lectures, discussions and class exercises.  Scientific reasoning is one of the most powerful tools available in our modern world.  This course will survey different accounts of just how that tool works.

HPSC-X200 Scientific Reasoning (3)
Instructor TBA
Class #30579
Regular Academic Session
MWF 1:25p-2:15p SY002

TBA

HPSC-X220 Issues in Science: Humanistic (3)
TOPIC:  Arborescence: Keeping Trees in Mind
James Capshew
Class # 14935
Regular Academic Session
TR 2:30p-3:45p SY002

Examines trees and forests as conspicuous natural objects that play a multivalent role in human imagination, thinking, and emotion. Explores the intertwined natural and cultural trajectory of trees along evolutionary, historical, and psychological dimensions. Topics include ecosystem services, human uses and attitudes, deforestation, IU's woodland campus, and ecological ethics.  

HPSC-X320 Topics in Science: Humanistic (3)
TOPIC: Philosophy of Physics
Amit Hagar
Class #12499
Regular Academic Session
TR 9:30a-10:45a SY103

The course will focus on the physics of information and will be divided into four modules in which we shall discuss two physical theories that were developed in the turn of the last century, namely, statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics, emphasizing both the historical aspects as well the philosophical questions that surround these theories. Throughout the four modules the use of mathematics will be kept to an absolute minimum (no more than basic high school algebra and geometry will be needed), and emphasis will be given to historical and conceptual analysis. We will cover topics such as irreversibility and the thermodynamic arrow in time, the origins of probability in statistical physics, chaos and dynamical instability, quantum paradoxes, and quantum information protocols. Students will be assessed on the ability to grasp the conceptual issues, and to critically discuss and analyze the arguments and the foundational problems in each of the topics presented. Special emphasis will be given to developing writing skills and the ability to present complex ideas clearly and critically.

Each module will be composed of frontal lectures, 3 writing assignments, and a group project that will be presented in class. Typically, these projects will consist of an exposition of one of the concepts that will be discussed in the respective module, with an emphasis on its use (or, as usually is the case, abuse) outside it in the popular culture. The course is self-contained and presupposes a mathematical background at the high-school level.

HPSC-X340 Scientific Methods: How Science Really Works (3)
Jutta Schickore
Class # 30595
Regular Academic Session
MW 2:30p-3:45p WY101

As all researchers know, the activity of science is governed by methods: methods of doing experiments, methods for analyzing data, methods for testing hypotheses, methods for writing scientific papers, and so on. But it is by no means easy to give clear descriptions of these methods. In science classes, students learn how to perform research, but general methodological questions are rarely addressed. This course introduces students to philosophical and historical debates about scientific methods. Students will acquire general conceptual tools that help them to express what they are doing when they are doing science and to discuss and evaluate research practices. We will talk about models and visualization, "big data", collaboration and collective authorship, trust and expertise, biases, negative results, and much more.

HPSC-X424 Neuropsychological Pathography (3)
James Capshew
Class # 14936
Regular Academic Session
TR 11:15a-12:30p BH321

What does it feel like to experience depression, autism, or bipolar disorder? Traumatic brain injury or stroke? Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Alzheimer's, or locked-in syndrome? This seminar explores personal narratives of mental trauma and psychological distress, and seeks to understand neurological damage and emotional affliction from the perspective of the sufferer as well as the scientist. We will read and discuss various sources, both literary and scientific, in our investigation of ideas of the self and personal identity, the social construction of illness, and the role of narrative in scientific understanding. The major learning goal is to deepen understanding of neuropsychology through exposure to and analysis of personal narratives, and to assess their contributions to clinical science, rehabilitative services, and prevalent notions of human resilience.

HPSC-X452 Modern Philosophy of Science (3)
Jordi Cat
Class #30603
Regular Academic Session
MW 4p-5:15p GB107

This course will trace the historical development of the philosophy of science from approximately early 17th century to the mid-twentieth century, beginning with a quick survey of the philosophies of Galileo, Bacon, Descartes, Newton and Leibniz, then turning to the philosophy of Newtonian science developed by Immanuel Kant, its developments and reactions, and ending with French conventionalism, logical positivism, Popper and Quine. In the twentieth century philosophy of science begins to take shape as a specialized discipline within philosophy more generally. Its problems are motivated and framed by the interplay of earlier philosophical questions and more recent revolutionary developments in nineteenth century science: the discovery of non-Euclidean geometries, the wave theory of light and electrodynamics, thermodynamics and the conservation of energy, and molecular-atomic theory. Canons of scientific methodology were introduced in the 19th century in Britain by Herschel, Whewell and Mill. Work in philosophy of science was undertaken next by professional scientists attempting to come to terms with these new developments-in particular, by Herman Von Helmholtz, Ernst Mach, Pierre Duhem and Henri Poincaré. Around the turn of the century, philosophy of science is stimulated once again by revolutionary developments: Einstein relativity theory, on the one hand, and new work in logic and the foundations of mathematics by Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, and David Hilbert, on the other. Philosophical developments took place as well, such as neo-Kantianism and phenomenology. Philosophy of science was now pursued by professional philosophers, although most trained in the sciences, in particular Karl Popper and the members of the so-called Vienna Circle of logical positivists such as Moritz Schlick, Otto Neurath and Rudolph Carnap. Neurath and Ernst Cassirer try to engage the social sciences as well. The work of all these philosophers sets the stage for most of post-war twentieth century philosophy of science. Alongside the relevant philosophical and scientific problems and ideas, this course will expose the students to examples of different approaches to the history of philosophy.

HPSC-X501 Professional Development Seminar
Instructor TBA
Class #15029
Regular Academic Session
GB107

TBA

HPSC-X552 Modern Philosophy of Science (3)
Jordi Cat
Class # 30611
Regular Academic Session
MW 4p-5:15p GB107

This course will trace the historical development of the philosophy of science from approximately early 17th century to the mid-twentieth century, beginning with a quick survey of the philosophies of Galileo, Bacon, Descartes, Newton and Leibniz, then turning to the philosophy of Newtonian science developed by Immanuel Kant, its developments and reactions, and ending with French conventionalism, logical positivism, Popper and Quine. In the twentieth century philosophy of science begins to take shape as a specialized discipline within philosophy more generally. Its problems are motivated and framed by the interplay of earlier philosophical questions and more recent revolutionary developments in nineteenth century science: the discovery of non-Euclidean geometries, the wave theory of light and electrodynamics, thermodynamics and the conservation of energy, and molecular-atomic theory. Canons of scientific methodology were introduced in the 19th century in Britain by Herschel, Whewell and Mill. Work in philosophy of science was undertaken next by professional scientists attempting to come to terms with these new developments-in particular, by Herman Von Helmholtz, Ernst Mach, Pierre Duhem and Henri Poincaré. Around the turn of the century, philosophy of science is stimulated once again by revolutionary developments: Einstein relativity theory, on the one hand, and new work in logic and the foundations of mathematics by Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, and David Hilbert, on the other. Philosophical developments took place as well, such as neo-Kantianism and phenomenology. Philosophy of science was now pursued by professional philosophers, although most trained in the sciences, in particular Karl Popper and the members of the so-called Vienna Circle of logical positivists such as Moritz Schlick, Otto Neurath and Rudolph Carnap. Neurath and Ernst Cassirer try to engage the social sciences as well. The work of all these philosophers sets the stage for most of post-war twentieth century philosophy of science. Alongside the relevant philosophical and scientific problems and ideas, this course will expose the students to examples of different approaches to the history of philosophy.

HPSC-X705 Spec Topics in the History of Science (1-5)
TOPIC: Cabinets of Curiosities, Collections, Museums
Domenico Bertoloni Meli
Class # 33063
T 2p-4:30p GB107

Collections played an important role in European intellectual life starting from the Renaissance; they included naturalia and artificialia, marvels and rarities from the old and the new worlds. The growing literature on this topic is highly interdisciplinary and includes, but is not limited to, antiquarianism, the history of art, of several sciences (notably medicine and natural history), and, more broadly, of collecting and displaying. Collections and museums reflected and at the same time contributed to shaping European sensibilities and attitudes to geography, the natural world, the past, the intellectual and monetary values of objects. This class reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the field; students from different fields and perspectives are welcome.

HPSC-X 706 Sp Topics in History and Philosophy of Science
TOPIC: Historiography, Philosophical Methods & Integrated HPS
Jutta Schickore
Class # 11407
Regular Academic Session
T 9a-11:30a GB107

This seminar takes as its central problematic the changing relations between history of science and philosophy of science from the 19th century to the present. It deals with historiography, taken in its various senses, and philosophical methods, broadly considered, to seek to identify various strands that have contributed to the scholarly understanding of science.

Proceeding chronologically (roughly), the course surveys a wide range of approaches to the theory, study, and writing of history and philosophy of science. We will discuss how various trends in 20th-century history and philosophy of science may have facilitated or obstructed the exchanges between the two fields. Topics include the distinction between the contexts of discovery and justification, the "historical turn" in philosophy of science, ethnography of the laboratory, new experimentalism, and historical epistemology. A portion of the course will be devoted to recent discussions about the merits and potential of integrated history and philosophy of science.

HPSC-X755 Sp Topics in Philosophy of Science
TOPIC: History & Philosophy of Comparative Cognition
Colin Allen
Class #30619
Regular Academic Session
M 1p-3:30p GB107

In the 19th Century, Darwin revolutionized the study of animal behavior and animal minds. Darwin recognized that human mental powers were a potential point of difficulty for his ideas of evolution by natural selection, involving common descent and gradual differentiation. He and his followers were therefore keen to stress mental continuity between humans and other animals. In their zeal to promote the idea of mental continuity, early comparative psychologists, especially Darwin's protégé George Romanes, left themselves open to the charge that they were too reliant on anecdotes and anthropomorphic thinking.

In the early 20th Century, many psychologists, especially in the United States, rejected the idea that inner mental causes of behavior could be studied scientifically, and announced their distrust of field observations as a source of knowledge about the causes of animal behavior. These "behaviorists" sought to discover general laws of learning by experimental methods, moving comparative psychology into a laboratory setting, effectively reducing the range of species studied. In contrast, the new field of ethology, which arose in Europe after the First World War, insisted on the importance of naturalistic observations.  Ethologists framed their studies as essentially involving comparison of behavioral similarities and differences that could be understood as specific adaptations to particular social and ecological niches. However, like the behaviorists, they tended to shy away from attributing mental qualities to animals. By the late 20th Century, after behaviorism was no longer so dominant among psychologists, and ethology had fractionated into several other subspecialties within biology, scientists from both traditions began returning to comparative questions about animal minds.

In this course we will study the philosophical and scientific contexts in which the different approaches to animal behavior emerged, and the different approaches to Darwinian continuity that persist to the present day. A major goal of the course is to relate ongoing debates to their historical antecedents, and students will be encouraged to pursue research projects which deepen our understanding of the foundational philosophical disputes, by examining the methods and presuppositions of key participants in those disputes.

COGS-Q 101 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3)
Colin Allen
Class # 12011
Regular Academic Session
TTh 5:45p-6:35p + F 10:10a-11:00a JH A100

TBA

COLL-C 104 Critical Approaches (S & H)  (3)
TOPIC: What is Science and Who Cares?
Jordi Cat
Class # 11104
Regular Academic Session
MW 1:25p-2:15p + F sections BH 109

Science is not one thing or one kind of thing. Yet knowing whether something is scientific often matters. This course addresses the question of the nature of science by surveying a broad range of aspects of that complex world that for centuries has been identified as science as a human activity from different perspectives that focus on specific ideas and questions, and different methodologies: from facts to values, from evolving 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 links to many aspects of human nature and culture (ethical, religious, political, cognitive and aesthetic values and interests). In fact, science could not survive and develop without them. Science is radically human, so it is 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.

HUBI-B 300 Human Dilemmas (3)
TOPIC: Tuberculosis: historical and current perspectives
Domenico Bertoloni Meli
Class # 14803
Regular Academic Session
MW 1:00p-2:15p + W 4:40p-5:30p MO107

In this course you will be introduced to Tuberculosis the disease, the bacteria that causes the disease and current approaches to diagnosing and dealing with the burden of Tuberculosis. The course involves a section on current scientific understanding and a historical section on how tuberculosis - in its many different manifestations – was understood in the past, and what methods were used in the attempt to cure it. We will also touch upon international efforts for TB eradication and discuss their successes and failures and work as a group to think about effective ways to take the science from TB research and apply it to the field.

Spring 2015

HPSC-X 100 Human Perspectives on Science (3)
TOPIC : Bioethics: Applied Topics in the Biological Sciences and Medicine
Kimberly Brumble
Class #18292
Eight Week - Second 3/9 - 5/8
MW 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM SY 002

This course constitutes an examination of ethical, conceptual, and legal problems arising in and about health care and biological science. Ethical frameworks will be applied to topics like euthanasia, stem cell research, withdrawal of treatment, the physician-patient relationship, research on human subjects, medical consent, and public health. The emphasis will be on practical applications of ethical and legal theory. The course will emphasize philosophical reasoning and historical context in approaching these social and scientific topics.

HPSC-X 102 Revolutions in Science: Plato to NATO (3)
Aaron Martinez
Class #25491
Regular Academic Session 3/9 - 5/8
Tu Th 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM SY 103

Domenico Bertoloni Meli
Class #18293
Regular Academic Session 1/12 – 5/8
MWF 12:20 PM – 1:10 PM PY 100

Discussion Sections:
31147 Regular Academic Session 1/12 – 5/8 F 1:25 PM - 2:15 PM SY 103
31146 Regular Academic Session 1/12 – 5/8 F 12:20 PM - 1:10 PM SY 103

An introduction to the formative steps in the scientific tradition. The course will survey in a chronological sequence aspects of the Aristotelian world view, the Copernican revolution, the mechanical philosophy, the chemical and Darwinian revolution, and the rise of twentieth century science.

Where did modern science come from? Is it a stockpile of technique and knowledge that has accumulated slowly and steadily over the centuries? This course presents a more complex and dynamic picture, in which the history of science also takes unexpected twists, turns and conceptual leaps, in response to changing social, political and religious interests, and to shifting scientific assumptions, methods, and forms of organization. The course introduces the most important formative steps in the scientific tradition, each of which overturned earlier ways of investigating and understanding nature. These include Aristotelian physics, Ptolmaic astronomy and Galenic medicine in the ancient and Medieval world; the scientific revolutions of the 15th- through the 18th centuries that ushered in Copernican astronomy, Newtonian physics, and new ideas about physiology and medicine; the chemical and Darwinian revolutions; and the rise of modern physics and other 20th-century innovations and problems. IUB GenEd S&H creditIUB GenEd World Culture creditCOLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit

HPSC-X 123 Perspectives on Science: Social and Historical (3)
TOPIC: Science and Medicine at the Asylum
Kate Grauvogel
Class #30561
Regular Academic Session 1/12 – 5/8
MWF 12:20 PM – 1:10 PM WH 121

Case studies from the history of science to examine the intellectual, cultural, and social impact of science from a variety of historical perspectives. Case studies are presented at an introductory level.

INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS WILL VARY IN CONTENT AND MAJOR THEMES, BUT ALL WILL EMPLOY CASE STUDIES FROM THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE TO EXAMINE THE INTELLECTUAL, CULTURAL, AND SOCIAL IMPACT OF SCIENCE FOR A VARIETY OF HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES. VARIOUS CASE STUDIES ARE PRESENTED AT AN INTRODUCTORY LEVEL.

HPSC-X 126 Perspectives on Science: Natural and Mathematical (3)
TOPIC: The History and Philosophy of Extraterrestrial Life
Sarah Reynolds
Class #35473
Eight Week - Second 3/9 - 5/8
MW 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM SY 001

Case studies illustrating, from a variety of perspectives, the logic and methods of the natural and mathematical sciences. Examples illustrating these methods are presented at an introductory level.

INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS WILL VARY IN CONTENT AND MAJOR THEMES, BUT ALL WILL EMPLOY CASE STUDIES TO ILLUSTRATE, FROM A VARIETY OF PERSPECTIVES, THE LOGIC AND METHODS OF THE NATURAL AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES. EXAMPLES ILLUSTRATING THESE METHODS ARE PRESENTED AT AN INTRODUCTORY LEVEL.

HPSC-X 200 Scientific Reasoning (3)
Samuel Ketcham
Class #25492
Eight Week - Second 3/9 - 5/8
MW 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM SY 200

Chris Stiso
Class #25492
Eight Week - Second 3/9 - 5/8
TuTh 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM SY 200

Patterns of scientific reasoning presented in a simple form useful to both non-scientists and prospective scientists for understanding and evaluating scientific information of all sorts. Illustrations in the natural, biological, behavioral, and bio-medical sciences are drawn from a wide variety of historical and contemporary sources, including popular magazines and newspapers.

PATTERNS OF SCIENTIFIC REASONING PRESENTED IN A SIMPLE FORM USEFUL TO BOTH NONSCIENTISTS AND PROSPECTIVE SCIENTISTS FOR UNDERSTANDING AND EVALUATING SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION OF ALL SORTS. ILLUSTRATIONS IN THE NATURAL, BIOLOGICAL, BEHAVIORAL, AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES ARE DRAWN FROM A WIDE VARIETY OF HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY SOURCES, INCLUDING POPULAR MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS.

HPSC-X 229 HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN PHYSICS (3)
Amit Hagar
Class #35474
Eight Week - Second 3/9 - 5/8
TR 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM BH 139

Introduction to foundational concepts in statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, special relativity and general relativity. Discussion of philosophical issues concerning the nature of the material world and the process of scientific inquiry. Emphasis on developing writing skills and the ability to present complex ideas clearly and critically.

HPSC-X 300 Undergraduate Readings in History and Philosophy of Science (1 - 5)
Sander Gliboff
Class #18295
Regular Academic Session 1/12 - 5/8

Individualized readings for students in history and philosophy of science.

INDIVIDUALIZED READINGS FOR STUDENTS MINORING IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE. MAY BE USED WITH CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO OTHER UNDERGRADUATE COURSES.

HPSC-X 305 HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF MEDICINE (3)
Elisabeth Lloyd
Class #35475
Eight Week - Second 3/9 - 5/8
TR 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM WY 115

The history of public health and medicine from ancient to modern times. Addresses a selection of historical, philosophical and ethical problems including medical understandings of the body; ideas about the nature and causes of disease, from "airs" and "humors" to germs to genetic predispositions; assessment of risks and liabilities.

HPSC-X 320 Topics in Science: Humanistic (3)
Jordi Cat
Class #32032
Regular Academic Session 1/12 - 5/8
TuTh 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM BH 344

SPECIALIZED TOPICS AND THEMES IN THE HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE. DEPARTMENTAL FLYERS, AVAILABLE AT REGISTRATION TIME, WILL DISCUSS EACH SECTION IN DETAIL.

HPSC-X 390 Space, Time, and Relativity (3)
Amit Hagar
Class #30592
Regular Academic Session 1/12 - 5/8
Tu 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM GB 107

TOPICS IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF SPACE, TIME, AND SPACETIME. THEORY OF MOTION AND ZENO'S PARADOXES; ST. AUGUSTINE ON TIME; TIME AND BECOMING; RELATIONAL VERSUS ABSOLUTE THEORIES OF SPACE AND TIME; MACH'S PRINCIPLE; INTRODUCTION TO EINSTEIN'S THEORY OF RELATIVITY AND SPACE-TIME

HPSC-X 407 Survey of History of Science since 1750 (3)
James Capshew
Class #18296
Regular Academic Session 1/12 - 5/8
W 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM GB 107

Growth of quantitative methods in physical science and experimental methods in natural history. Gradual separation of science from philosophy and theology.
(Source: Course Catalog)
GROWTH OF QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PHYSICAL SCIENCE AND EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN PHYSICAL SCIENCE AND EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN NATURAL HISTORY. GRADUAL SEPARATION OF SCIENCE FROM PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY.

HPSC-X 452 Modern Philosophy of Science (3)
Jordi Cat
Class #21500
Regular Academic Session 1/12 - 5/8
TuTh 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM GB 107

The aim of this course is to understand the origin and character of twentieth century philosophy of science by examining the historical development of the subject - in interaction with parallel developments within the sciences themselves from 1800 to the early twentieth century. The main figures to be studied include Hermann von Helmholtz, Ernst Mach, Henri Poincare, Moritz Schlick, and Rudolf Carnap.
(Source: Course Catalog)
EXAMINES THE ORIGIN AND CHARACTER OF TWENTIETH-CENTURY PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE BY INVESTIGATING THE HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT-IN INTERACTION WITH PARALLEL DEVELOPMENTS WITHIN THE SCIENCES THEMSELVES-FROM 1800 TO THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY. HERMANN VON HELMHOLTZ, ERNST MACH, HENRI POINCARE, MORITZ SCHLICK, AND RUDOLF CARNAP.

HPSC-X 507 SURV OF HIST OF SCI SINCE 1750 (3)
James Capshew
Class #18297
Regular Academic Session 1/12 - 5/8
W 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM GB 107

Growth of physical, biological and social sciences during 19th and 20th century. Attention will be paid not only to the scientific contents but to the institutional and social context.

HPSC-X 521 RESEARCH TOPICS IN THE HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE (1 - 3)
TOPIC: Anatomy in the Renaissance
Domenico Bertoloni Meli
Class #30600
Regular Academic Session 1/12 - 5/8
TuTh 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM HU 217

This class covers the transformations of anatomy occurring in the renaissance and seventeenth century, from approximately the time of Leonardo da Vinci and his pioneering scientific and artistic investigations, to the birth of microscopic anatomy. We will discuss the relations between art and science, the discovery of the circulation of the blood, the role of physiological experiments, and the rise of a mechanistic understanding of the body.
The class will include a trip to the Lilly Library to see the books and original artwork we covered.
No previous knowledge of anatomy or physiology is required to take this class.
This class meets with HON-H305. Graduate students will be required to write a final essay on material related to the course.

HPSC-X 552 MODERN PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE (3)
Jordi Cat
Class #21501
Regular Academic Session 1/12 - 5/8
TuTh 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM GB 107

The aim of this course is to understand the origin and character of twentieth century philosophy of science. Examination of the historical development of the philosophy of science - in interaction with parallel developments within the sciences themselves - from 1800 to the early twentieth century.

HPSC-X 600 ADVANCED READINGS COURSE (1 - 4)
Sander Gliboff
Class #8914
Six Week - First 5/13 - 6/20

Readings.

HPSC-X 693 PHILOSOPHY OF BIOLOGY (3)
Elisabeth Lloyd
Class #30608
Regular Academic Session 1/12 - 5/8
W 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM GB 107

Survey of the important concepts in biology from antiquity to the present. Emphasis on changes in evolution theory and concepts of development and inheritance. A familiarity with biology is helpful but not necessary.

HPSC-X 700 A M THESIS (1 - 6)
Sander Gliboff
Class #8917
Eight Week - Second 6/9 - 8/1

Research.

HPSC-X 705 SP TPCS IN THE HIST OF SCIENCE (1 - 5)
TOPIC: Darwin
Sander Gliboff
Class #27943
Regular Academic Session 1/12 - 5/8
M 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM GB 107

This advanced graduate seminar analyzes the life and times of Charles Darwin and the changing interpretations of his work, in science, politics, and philosophy, from the Victorian period to the present, and in international comparison. In addition to sampling the vast secondary literature, we will analyze Darwin’s principal works, such as The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man, and we will make use of the extensive archival material that is now available online or in published form, from the Darwin archives and elsewhere. A term paper on Darwin or later issues in Darwinism will be required, which is to be based on original research on primary sources.

Required Books
You will need The Origin and The Descent, but they are available online, if you don’t want to buy them. Also good to have are Ruse, Darwininan Revolution; and Desmond & Moore, Darwin or Janet Browne’s 2-volume Darwin biography.

HPSC-X 790 SPACE TIME & RELATIVITY THEORY (3)
Amit Hagar
Class #30615
Regular Academic Session 1/12 - 5/8
Tu 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM GB 107

Topics in the philosophy of space, time, and space-time. Theory of motion and Zeno's paradoxes; St. Augustine on time; time and becoming; relational versus absolute theories of space and time; Mach's principle; introduction to Einstein's theory of relativity and space-time.

HPSC-X 800 PH D THESIS (1 - 12)
Class #8919 Eight Week - Second 6/9 - 8/1
Class #8918 Six Week - First 5/13 - 6/20
Sander Gliboff

Research.

HPSC-G 901 ADVANCED RESEARCH (6)
Class #9008
Sander Gliboff
Regular Academic Session 8/25 - 12/19

Available to graduate students who have completed all course requirements for their doctorates, have passed doctoral qualifying examinations, and have the requisite number of degree credit hours, this course provides the advanced research student with a forum for sharing ideas and problems under the supervision of a senior researcher.

Fall 2014

HPSC-X 100 Human Perspectives on Science
Kimberly Brumble
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:15PM
Sycamore Hall (SY) 002

This course constitutes an examination of ethical, conceptual, and legal problems arising in and about health care and biological science. Ethical frameworks will be applied to topics like euthanasia, stem cell research, withdrawal of treatment, the physician-patient relationship, research on human and animal subjects, medical consent, and public health. The emphasis will be on practical applications of ethical and legal theory. The course will emphasize philosophical reasoning and historical context in approaching these social and scientific topics.

HPSC-X 200 Scientific Reasoning (Second 8 week )
Staff
TuTh 5:45PM - 7:45PM
Wylie Hall (WY) 015

Patterns of scientific reasoning presented in a simple form useful to both nonscientists and prospective scientists for understanding and evaluating scientific information of all sorts. Illustrations in the natural, biological, behavioral, and biomedical sciences are drawn from a wide variety of historical and contemporary sources, including popular magazines and newspapers.

HPSC-X 220 Issues in Science: Humanistic
James Capshew
MoWe 3:00PM - 4:15PM
Goodbody Hall (GB) 107

Trees are not only an essential part of our natural environment, they also contribute in many ways to our cultural heritage. This course provides an introduction to the study of trees, concentrating on understanding their role in ecosystems of the Earth as well as focusing on their venerable and diverse relationships with humanity. Trees supply basic necessities for shelter, fuel, building materials, food, and medicines. At the same time, they provide metaphors, symbols, and other cultural constructions that nurture connections to the environment. In the current Anthropocene epoch, the fate of human populations is inextricably bound to the health and sustainability of the world¿s forested areas. Learning goals include deeper understanding of the natural and cultural history of trees (including IU¿s woodland campus), practical orientations to ecological ethics, and passionate appreciation for the many roles trees play in daily life.

HPSC-X 300 Undergraduate Readings in HPSC
Sander Gliboff
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Individualized readings for students minoring in history and philosophy of science. May be used with consent of instructor as an alternative to other undergraduate courses.

HPSC-X 327 The Computer: A Biography
Amit Hagar
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
Sycamore Hall (SY) 103

The purpose of this course is to expose the students to the history and the philosophy behind the development of the digital computer. Focusing on the major land marks in the history of computing machines (Babbage¿s difference engine, Turing¿s machine, the ENIAC,The IBM decades, the personal computer, the software industry, the internet, cybernetics, and quantum and DNA computing) we shall gain insight on the intricate relations between computer science, mathematics, physics, and modern society. This is a self contained class, with no prerequisites. Assessment will be based on weekly short writing assignments, group presentations in class, a mid term exam, a final group project and a final term paper.

HPSC-X 391 Phil Issues in Quantum Theory
Amit Hagar
We 10:00AM - 12:30PM
Goodbody Hall (GB) 107

Demons in Physics

Many theories and models from physics are probabilistic. This observation raises several philosophical questions: What are probabilities in physics? Do they reflect objective chances which exist independently of the human mind? Or do they only express subjective credences and thus capture our own uncertainty about the world? Finally, which metaphysical lessons, if at all, can one draw from the largely probabilistic character of physics?

In this 4 credits research seminar we shall investigate these question through the lenses of two famous demons, namely Laplace¿s and Maxwell¿s, which have shaped the development of our best theories of matter, spacetime, and information.  Our discussion will be based on an open access volume of collected papers on the subject, augmented with additional articles and book chapters. Particular emphasis is laid upon statistical physics and quantum mechanics, whose basic mathematical structure will be explained in class. Assessment will be based on class participation, weekly writing assignments, and a final term paper.

HPSC-X 406 Surv of Hist of Sci up to 1750
Domenico Bertoloni Meli
Tu 1:00PM - 3:30PM
Goodbody Hall (GB) 107

This is an introductory course designed for all students with an interest in the history of the sciences and their cultural contexts. We will cover select topics from Greek to early modern science, emphasizing both primary sources and contemporary historiographical debates. The course will pay particular attention to a number of figures, including Vesalius, Galileo, Descartes, and Newton. We will include aspects of natural philosophy, astronomy, the medical disciplines, and the development of experiment. Students from a broad variety of backgrounds will be welcome and their varied expertise in the science, humanities, or languages will be valued highly. This is an introductory course designed for all students with an interest in the history of the sciences and their cultural contexts. We will cover select topics from Greek to early modern science, emphasizing both primary sources and contemporary historiographical debates. The course will pay particular attention to a number of figures, including Vesalius, Galileo, Descartes, and Newton. We will include aspects of natural philosophy, astronomy, the medical disciplines, and the development of experiment. Students from a broad variety of backgrounds will be welcome and their varied expertise in the science, humanities, or languages will be valued highly.

HPSC-X 424 Neuropsychological Pathography
James Capshew
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM
Ballantine Hall (BH) 137

What does it feel like to experience depression, autism, or bipolar disorder? Traumatic brain injury or stroke? Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Alzheimer¿s, or locked-in syndrome?

This seminar explores personal narratives of mental trauma and psychological distress, and seeks to understand neurological damage and emotional affliction from the perspective of the sufferer as well as the scientist. We will read and discuss various sources, both literary and scientific, in our investigation of ideas of the self and personal identity, the social construction of illness, and the role of narrative in scientific understanding.

The major learning goal is to deepen understanding of neuropsychology through exposure and analysis of personal narratives, and to assess their contributions to clinical science, rehabilitative services, and prevalent notions of human resilience.

Among the books discussed are: Howard Dully, My Lobotomy; Siri Hustvedt, The Shaking Woman or a History of My Nerves; Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness; Dawn Prince-Hughes, Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism; Oliver Sacks, A Leg to Stand On; and William Styron, Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness.

3 credit hours of A&H. PSY P324: Abnormal Psychology is recommended as a prerequisite. Questions? Please contact the instructor.

HPSC-X 451 Scientific Understanding
Elisabeth Lloyd
Th 11:00AM - 1:30PM
Goodbody Hall (GB) 107

We will review some of the most influential texts and figures of Anglo-American philosophy of science in the 20th-21st Century, aiming to give both undergraduate and graduate students a strong background in the key positions and issues that serve as the background of the field today. Students will read, study, discuss, and write about popular as well as controversial figures such as Karl Popper, Thomas S. Kuhn, Carl Hempel, Larry Lauden, N.R. Hanson, Imre Lakatos, Helen Longino, Bas van Fraassen, Ernst Nagel, Carol Cleland, Ian Hacking, and others. The syllabus for the course is oriented around topics for each week, and while the reading list is not long, the students are expected to read each selection three times before seminar meets. Class requirements involve weekly writings, seminar presentations, and a term paper on a choice of assigned topics (this last requirement for the graduate students only). The emphasis in this seminar is on sympathetic, fair interpretations of author¿s writings, respectful and deep discussion of the philosophical issues, and the development of responsible criticism. We usually also have lots of fun in this seminar.

HPSC-G 901 Advanced Research
Sander Gliboff
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Available to graduate students who have completed all course requirements for their doctorates, have passed doctoral qualifying examinations, and have the requisite number of degree credit hours, this course provides the advanced research student with a forum for sharing ideas and problems under the supervision of a senior researcher.

HPSC-X 501 Professional Development Seminar
Sander Gliboff
Mo 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Goodbody Hall (GB) 107

Designed for beginning graduate students, but repeatable for credit, this course addresses some of the practical aspects of professional life in History and Philosophy of Science and related fields. Topics include research tools, grant proposals, presentation  skills, research ethics, job applications, teaching, and challenges facing underrepresented groups in the academy.

HPSC-X 506 Survey of History of Science up to 1750
Domenico Bertoloni Meli
Tu 1:00PM - 3:30PM
Goodbody Hall (GB) 107

This is an introductory course designed for all students with an interest in the history of the sciences and their cultural contexts. We will cover select topics from Greek to early modern science, emphasizing both primary sources and contemporary historiographical debates. The course will pay particular attention to a number of figures, including Vesalius, Galileo, Descartes, and Newton. We will include aspects of natural philosophy, astronomy, the medical disciplines, and the development of experiment. Students from a broad variety of backgrounds will be welcome and their varied expertise in the science, humanities, or languages will be valued highly. This is an introductory course designed for all students with an interest in the history of the sciences and their cultural contexts. We will cover select topics from Greek to early modern science, emphasizing both primary sources and contemporary historiographical debates. The course will pay particular attention to a number of figures, including Vesalius, Galileo, Descartes, and Newton. We will include aspects of natural philosophy, astronomy, the medical disciplines, and the development of experiment. Students from a broad variety of backgrounds will be welcome and their varied expertise in the science, humanities, or languages will be valued highly.

HPSC-X 551 Survey of the Philosophy of Science
Elisabeth Lloyd
Th 11:00AM - 1:30PM
Goodbody Hall (GB) 107

We will review some of the most influential texts and figures of Anglo-American philosophy of science in the 20th-21st Century, aiming to give both undergraduate and graduate students a strong background in the key positions and issues that serve as the background of the field today. Students will read, study, discuss, and write about popular as well as controversial figures such as Karl Popper, Thomas S. Kuhn, Carl Hempel, Larry Lauden, N.R. Hanson, Imre Lakatos, Helen Longino, Bas van Fraassen, Ernst Nagel, Carol Cleland, Ian Hacking, and others. The syllabus for the course is oriented around topics for each week, and while the reading list is not long, the students are expected to read each selection three times before seminar meets. Class requirements involve weekly writings, seminar presentations, and a term paper on a choice of assigned topics (this last requirement for the graduate students only). The emphasis in this seminar is on sympathetic, fair interpretations of author¿s writings, respectful and deep discussion of the philosophical issues, and the development of responsible criticism. We usually also have lots of fun in this seminar.

HPSC-X 600 Advanced Readings Course
Sander Gliboff
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HPSC-X 700 A M Thesis
Sander Gliboff
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HPSC-X 706 SP Topics in History and Philosophy of Science
Jutta Schickore
Tu 8:30AM - 11:00AM
Goodbody Hall (GB) 107

This seminar explores the world of "Big Science" in its historical and philosophical dimensions. In the first part of the course, we will seek to clarify the many meanings of "big," including notions of scope, scale, and significance, as they relate to the rise of modern science. We will see how large-scale research has been treated in various historiographical contexts, including astronomy, high-energy physics, and biomedicine.
In the second part of the course, we will turn to epistemological and ethical issues arising from large-scale science and ¿big data¿. Topics include the epistemology of data-driven research, changes in standards of evidence, the role of trust and expertise in big science, epistemic values and the commercialization of research, and analyses of scientific authorship.

HPSC-X 755 SP Topics in Philosophy of Science
Amit Hagar
We 10:00AM - 12:30PM
Goodbody Hall (GB) 107

Demons in Physics

Many theories and models from physics are probabilistic. This observation raises several philosophical questions: What are probabilities in physics? Do they reflect objective chances which exist independently of the human mind? Or do they only express subjective credences and thus capture our own uncertainty about the world? Finally, which metaphysical lessons, if at all, can one draw from the largely probabilistic character of physics?

In this 4 credits research seminar we shall investigate these question through the lenses of two famous demons, namely Laplace¿s and Maxwell¿s, which have shaped the development of our best theories of matter, spacetime, and information. Our discussion will be based on an open access volume of collected papers on the subject, augmented with additional articles and book chapters. Particular emphasis is laid upon statistical physics and quantum mechanics, whose basic mathematical structure will be explained in class. Assessment will be based on class participation, weekly writing assignments, and a final term paper.

HPSC-X 800 PH D Thesis
Sander Gliboff
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