Introduction to Philosophy of Science (3) Examines science's assumptions about knowledge and reality, the relation between science and culture, and the nature of scientific progress.
PHIL 110 Introduction to Philosophy of Science (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
This course, as with other 100-level philosophy department courses, is intended for Liberal Arts majors (and in this case for Science majors as well), as well as for others likely to take philosophy courses rather than for Philosophy majors. (The analogous course for majors is PHIL 410: Philosophy of Science). PHIL 110 is designed to give students a coherent presentation of science's assumptions about knowledge and reality, the relation between science and culture, and the nature of scientific progress. Historical foundations of science will be addressed as well as contemporary theories and issues, as the class examines the following topics: the relation between physics, mathematics, and philosophy; the nature of reality; the nature of knowledge; the nature of causality; the nature of scientific progress, and the nature of hypothesis in natural science. Students will be required to critically examine and evaluate the positions, relations, and theories addressed in class. They will be graded on class discussion, exams, a collaborative web project, and a final paper. PHIL 110 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill major and/or minor requirements in Philosophy. This course is offered once a year with an enrollment of 35-50 students.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.