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Philosophy of Science 1 (PHIL08005)

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Course Summary

This course introduces students to major topics in philosophy of science, aiming to address the central question: "What makes science special?" No background in either philosophy or science will be assumed.

Course Description

The course is organized around philosophical concepts and debates that arise in the attempt to identify, justify, and explain the distinctive features of scientific practice, including: - the nature of scientific explanation; - laws of nature; - the realism vs. antirealism debate; - the structure and justification of inductive reasoning; - modeling vs. experimentation; - effects of gender and race bias in science; - unity or disunity of scientific disciplines. Along the way, we will also survey key issues that arise in the philosophical study of particular sciences, such as astronomy, physics, biology, economics, and climate science.

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Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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