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Unit information: Introduction to the Philosophy of Science in 2013/14

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Unit name Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
Unit code PHIL10015
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Grose
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Philosophy
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit introduces some of the most important issues in the philosophy of science to those with no prior knowledge of philosophy (and very little scientific knowledge will be necessary). Issues that will be addressed include: Is there a single scientific method in common to all the physical and social sciences? What is the difference between a science (such as physics) and a so-called pseudo-science (such as homeopathy)? Is the progress of science a cummulative process or do so-called scientific evolutions show that it is discontinuous? Is the process by which scientific theories become accepted a rational one?

Reading and References

Key reading:

Samir Okasha Introduction to Philosophy of Science

Alexander Bird and James Ladyman (eds) Arguing About Science

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