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Philosophy of Science
SISP 202 FA
This course is a basic introduction to the philosophy of science. Topics include the relation between finished theories or explanations and ongoing research, the recognition and dissemination of discoveries, the
of scientific claims, conceptual and technical (revolutionary) change in the science, the significance of instrumentation, experiment and artifice in science, and possible differences between the natural sciences and the
study of human beings. Considerable attention will be given to examples of scientific practice, both historical and contemporary.
Carl Hempel, PHILOSOPHY OF NATURAL SCIENCE
Thomas Kuhn, THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS
Ian Hacking, REPRESENTING AND INTERVENING
David Papineau, ed. THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
One take-home expository/comparative essay, two medium length papers, short ungraded papers weekly; informed participation in class discussion.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
This is a required course for students in the Science in Society Program, but is not limited to SiSP students.
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- Instructor(s): Rouse,Joseph T.
- Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK413;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 30)
- SR. major: 10 Jr. major: 8
- SR. non-major: 6 Jr. non-major: 4 SO: 2 FR: X
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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