Philosophy of Science

Faculteit University College Groningen
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode UCGAC210
Vaknaam Philosophy of Science
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Philosophy of Science
Leerdoelen 1. explain and apply central theories, concepts and methods of philosophy of science, (2.5)

2. evaluate arguments and critically reflect on philosophical methods, (2.10, 5.2)

3. link debates in the philosophy of science to matters of societal importance, (2.10)

4.present philosophical arguments in a comprehensible way both in writing and orally, (4.3, 4.5) in a group to interpret and understand philosophical problems and texts. (4.1, 4.2)
Omschrijving Description:

What is science and what is its purpose in society? Is there a difference between scientific investigations and finding out whether there is cheese left in the fridge? Is science objective and what does it mean to be objective in the first place? Is science a reliable sources of knowledge imperative for the prosperity of humankind, is it only a weird hobby of old men in lab coats with no implications for our daily lives, or is it even a method to deceive ordinary people with arcane vocabulary to further the goals of the elite?

In this course we are going to look at the major philosophical ideas about science put forward during the last hundred years. Among others, we are going to discuss concepts such as truth, justification and the social structure of science and discuss the relations between theory and reality, science and society, as well as scientific revolutions and normal science.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Seminar
Toetsvorm Essay, Group Project
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. G.B. Bewersdorf
Docent(en) dr. G.B. Bewersdorf ,dr. S.M. Friederich , S.L.V. Griffioen , S.B. Gryb
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Theory and Reality. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science,
University of Chicago Press,(2003)
Godfrey-Smith, Peter €  30,00
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
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Mind Machines and Morality  (Compulsory) - semester II a verplicht
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Philosophy, Politics and Economics  (Compulsory) - semester II a verplicht
Smart Technologies  (Compulsory) - semester II a verplicht
Smart Technologies  (Electives) - semester II a verplicht
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