PHIL 160 Philosophy of Science • 5 Cr.
Surveys various approaches to scientific thought, using examples from the history of science and philosophy. Students look critically at concepts of scientific method, scientific laws, casualty, determinism, indeterminism, pseudo-science, and prediction/confirmation/induction.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of key terms and concepts by using them accurately in tests and assigned papers.
- Demonstrates comprehension knowledge of various views on the nature of science as argued by the relevant philosophers in tests and assigned papers.
- Demonstrate comprehension of the nature and function of philosophy of science in essay tests.
- Demonstrate knowledge of philosophical problems in the various sciences in essay tests.
- Demonstrate ability to argue successfully against various pseudo – scientific “explanations” and theories through writing papers, and essay tests.