20 credits at level HE6
The study of natural science is of fundamental relevance to many central areas of philosophy, notably metaphysics, theory of knowledge, and philosophy of language. This module aims to cover the main areas in the philosophy of natural science.
• theory and observation;
• realisms and anti-realisms;
One lecture of one hour, followed by one seminar of 90 minutes.
One essay (c.3,500 words): 70% of total assessment. One one-hour exam: 30% of total assessment. By the end of the module, you will be able to understand some of the central debates within the philosophy of natural science, and their connections with other issues within philosophy.The paper will be shown to you one week in advance.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||By the end of the module, you will be able to understand some of the central debates within the philosophy of natural science, and their connections with other issues within philosophy.||Satisfactory essay and examination results. (See below.)|
|2.||You will be able to express your ideas in depth and detail, making appropriate use of external sources.||
Satisfactory essay results. The essay will be assessed according to the:
• level of understanding and the sophistication of the arguments expounded;
• quality of the research undertaken;
• clarity with which your ideas are presented.
|3.||You will be express yourself concisely and under examination conditions, without assistance from external sources.||Satisfactory exam results. The exam will be assessed according to the level of understanding and the sophistication of the arguments expounded. Clarity and quality of research are also important, but allowances will be made for writing under examination conditions.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Essay, c. 3,500 words||One 90 minute seen examination.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
•Alexander Bird, The Philosophy of Science. London: UCL Press, 1998.
(a rigorous introduction with an excellent bibliography and glossary)
•A.F. Chalmers, What Is This Thing Called Science? Buckingham: Open
University Press, 1999.
•---Science and its fabrication Milton Keynes: Open Univ. Press,
1990 (easy to understand introductions)
•Kuhn, Thomas S., he structure of scientific revolutions, London: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1970 (a classic and eminently readable)
•Ladyman, James, Understanding Philosophy of Science (London: Routledge, 2002) (a very clear introduction)
•W.H. Newton-Smith, The Rationality of Science, London: Routledge &
Kegan Paul, 1981 (rigorous and comprehensive)
•David Papineau (ed.), The Philosophy of Science (Oxford: OUP, 1996)
(an important collection)
•Karl Popper, The Logic of Scientific Discovery, London: Hutchinson,
1959, ch. 1. (a major classic)
•---Conjectures and Refutations, London: Routledge, 1989 (more
readable than the above)
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