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:
- Formulate, clarify, and evaluate arguments.
- Identify and explain central philosophical issues concerning science.
- Explain the problem of induction and various attempts to address it.
- Discuss the nature of theories and models in science.
- Evaluate varieties of scientific realism and anti-realism.
- Explain what a paradigm is and discuss the philosophical implications of paradigm shifts in scientific revolutions.
- Diagnose the flaws in pseudo-scientific “explanations.”