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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.

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