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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 221 (GH) Philosophy of Science (3) An inquiry into the form and function of concepts, laws, theories, and into the character of scientific explanation and prediction.

PHIL 221 Philosophy of Science (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

PHIL 221 provides an introduction to the modern and contemporary theories of space, time, matter, and to scientific methodology more broadly. The course presents these concepts via their historical development. An awareness of the historical background forms the basis for a critical and philosophical understanding of mathematical physics and, again, scientific methodology. The main texts may include: Galileo, On the World Systems, A. Einstein, Relativitv: The Special and the General Theory, and B. Hoffmann, The Strange Story of the Quantum. Students will be evaluated on participation, case study analysis, case study group presentation and response, and final paper. PHIL 221 satisfies the GH requirement, and may be used to fulfill major and minor requirements in Philosophy. It will be offered once a year with an enrollment of 50 students.

General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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