Philosophy of the Natural Sciences

Faculteit Wijsbegeerte
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode FI153LH
Vaknaam Philosophy of the Natural Sciences
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Philosophy of the Natural Sciences: Physics and Metaphysics
Leerdoelen The aim is to provide an introduction to some of the key philosophical problems raised by physics. The course will also develop students’ ability to analyse philosophical problems in a precise and rigorous manner.
Omschrijving The course covers metaphysical questions in relation to physics. The first part of the course considers questions such as: What is space? What is time? What is space-time? Can space-time explain? Does only the present exist? We consider what physics, in particular special relativity, tell us about these questions. In the second part of the course we look at the philosophical problems raised by another of our fundamental physical theories: quantum mechanics. How should we interpret this theory?
What does quantum mechanics tell us about whether there are properties in the world that exist independent of our measurements? Does quantum mechanics mean that there is non-locality in nature? Or many worlds? Does this theory lead to different ways of thinking about what physical theories do?
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm groepsdiscussie, hoorcollege
(Lectures and discussion)
Toetsvorm essay, schriftelijk tentamen
(Essay and final exam)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. L. Henderson
Docent(en) dr. L. Henderson
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Philosophy of Physics: Quantum theory Tim Maudlin, Princeton University Press 2019
Other readings will be provided on Nestor.
Both of these books are available as e-books at the library
Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time Tim Maudlin, Princeton University Press 2012 978-0691165714 €  18,00
Entreevoorwaarden None. The course will include a minimal introduction to some formal aspects of physics, but will assume no prior knowledge beyond some very elementary mathematics.
Opmerkingen 1. As part of this specialisation course, students of the Bachelor programme Philosophy of a Specific Discipline are required to attend several practicals. These practicals aim to develop philosophical writing skills, and active participation is mandatory for PoaSD-students to pass this course.
2. There is a cap on this course, and a waiting list; students of the Bachelor Philosophy will only be admitted to this elective, if places are available.
Opgenomen in
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