Philosophy of Science

Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode THRMPHSS10
Vaknaam Philosophy of Science
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Philosophy of Science in the Study of Religion and Culture
Leerdoelen After successful completion of this course unit, students will understand key concepts and theories in philosophical, historical, and sociological epistemologies; will be able to apply aforementioned key concepts and theories to the study of religion; will be able to critically reflect on available epistemological positions; and will be able to take a reasoned methodological stance in the study of religion and culture.
Omschrijving Against the background of philosophical discussions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this course offers a critical understanding of what today is called ‘science’ and ‘scientific method.’ Students will familiarize themselves with the major themes and traditions connected to the philosophy of science and discuss critical concepts such as ‘knowledge,’ ‘truth,’ ‘conceptual frames,’ and ‘science’ in connection with epistemological, ontological, and methodological issues. Questions to be engaged include “What is science?”; “When did our understanding of 'science' emerge?”; “Is there a unified method of science, and how would that look like?”; “What are scientific theories, and how are they linked?”; “What are the limits of scientific explanations?”
In addition, the course will focus on important debates that have shaped recent developments in the study of religion, as well as in cultural studies more broadly. These include the discussion about realism versus constructivism, about science as a social practice, about challenging the borders between subject and object in the emerging field of ‘new materialism,’ and about alternative scientific systems such as represented in Indigenous knowledge traditions. Relevant texts from philosophy, cultural studies, the anthropology of science, science studies, and religious studies will be discussed and applied to the students’ own research.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm lectures and seminars
(Participation in discussions in class (10% of the final grade); reading reports for all classes (90% of the final grade))
Vaksoort Research Master
Coördinator Prof. Dr. C.K.M. von Stuckrad
Docent(en) Prof. Dr. C. Jedan ,Prof. Dr. C.K.M. von Stuckrad
Verplichte literatuur
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The readings will be announced in the syllabus.
Opmerkingen In geval van noodsituaties of overmacht, zoals een maatschappelijke lockdown, moeten er mogelijk wijzigingen worden aangebracht in de lesroosters, toetsing en beoordeling. De docent zal je zo snel mogelijk informeren over deze wijzigingen, mocht een dergelijke situatie zich voordoen.
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ma Programme Theology and Religious Studies (Research) 1 semester II a verplicht