PHILOSOPHY 300: PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
S05
Course Syllabus
REVISED MARCH 29, 2005
Part I: Empiricism and Justification
Date:             Topic:                                                                         Study Assignment:

                                                                     Readings in        Readings in Commen-   Readings in
                                                                     Klee, Intro        Klee, Ed. tary Text    Godfrey-      Weblinks to study
                                                            to Philosophy    Scientific                          Smith
                                                                    of Science           Inquiry
Jan. 11     What is Philosophy of Science

Jan. 13     Science and Knowledge                  pp. 7-26                               pp 1-11                The Problem of Authority
                                                                                                                                                What Do We Mean By "Science"?
                                                                                                                                                Brief History of Philosophy of Science
                                                                                                                                                Basic Concepts of Logic

Jan. 18  The Empiricist Consensus                  pp.29-36         pp 7-24           pp 12-28     Ch. 2      FAQ's on Empiricist Consensus

Jan. 20  Deductive Nomological Explanation   pp 104-115    pp 163-180     pp 29-40     Ch. 13      The DN Model

Jan. 25    Hypothetico Deductivism                 pp 36-40                                pp 41-56              The HD Model

Jan. 27    Class cancelled due to family funeral
 

Part II: Problems with Empiricism
Feb. 1     Falsificationism                                 pp 67-73       pp 65-71        pp 68-82     Ch.  4     Falsificationism

Feb. 3     Operationalism & Correspondence  pp 53-62        pp 45-54        pp 75-80     Ch. 3      Gruesome Ravens

Feb. 8 & 10                                             Mardi GrasHolidays

Feb. 15    Observational/Theoretical Problem  pp. 41-53       pp 25-29        pp 65-74

Feb. 17    Theory-Ladeness                                                   pp 30-44       pp 57-67     Ch. 10.3    Theory-Ladeness
                                                                                                                                                 Hanson on Observation

Feb. 22    Holism & the Quine-Duhem Thesis   pp 63-67        pp 72-83                                    Holism

Feb. 24     Underdetermination & Pragmatism   pp 73-80        pp 83-100     pp 83-87
 
 

Part III: Historicism and Rationalism

Mar. 1       Paradigms and Normal Science       pp 129-139      pp 199-207                  Ch. 5    SSR Outline: The Relevance of History

Mar. 3       Revolutions and Rationality              pp 139-146      pp 208-215                  Ch. 6   Situation in Phil of Science Ca. 1960

Mar. 8       The Rationality Crisis                      pp 146-155       pp 216-227                  Kuhn's analysis of science
                                                                                                                                      Criticisms of Kuhn's SSR
                                                                                                                                      Lines of Research from Kuhn's PS
                                                                                                                                      The Situation in Phil of Science Ca. 1975

Mar. 10     Rationalism & Progress                                             pp 228-236                 Ch. 7 The Rationality Crisis

Mar. 15     The Case for Realism                      pp         pp 317-321                Ch. 12

Mar. 17      Empiricist Case for Anti-Realism     pp 223-231       pp 322-329
 

Mar. 22 & 24                      Spring Break - Easter Holidays

Part IV: The Social Context of Science: The Science Wars

Mar. 29       Sociology of Knowledge            pp 157-176        pp 237-250                Ch. 8.1-8.3

Mar. 31       Postmodernist Critiques              pp 177-180        pp 251-264                Ch. 8.4

Apr. 5          Feminism in PS                          pp 181-189        pp 274-305               Ch. 9.1-9.4

Apr. 7          The Science Wars                                                pp 265-273, 306-311    Ch. 9.5    Sokal's Paper
                                                                                                                                                 Sokal's Home page
                                                                                                                                                  Sokal Reveals the Hoax
                                                                                                                                                  Comments on Sokal's Hoax
 
 

Part V: Realism vs. Anti-Realism

                                                                                 Realism vs. Anti-Realism
                                                                                 Varieties of Realism
                                                                                 Naturalism and Realism
                                                                                 The Argument for Realism from the Success of Science
                                                                                 Pro's and Con's of Realism and Anti-realism
                                                        NEW LINK:   Selections from Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science

                                                                              FYI: Popper's LSE Institute Home Page

Apr.12         Constructivist Anti-Realism          pp 206-218        pp 322-329                  Ch 12

Apr. 14       Naturalism                                                              pp 330-337                 Ch. 10 & 11

Apr. 19        Experiment & Realism                pp 218-223        pp 338-352                   Ch. 15
 
 

Part VI: Quantum Physics & the Question of Realism

Apr. 21        What, if anything, does Quantum Theory tell us about Nature?      Folse, Handout 1

Apr. 26         Bell's Theorem, Non-locality, and separability                             Cushing Handout

Apr. 28         Quantum Theory and Realism Folse         James Cushing's "Background Essay" to
                                                                                    Philosophical Consequences of Quantum Theory

May 3           Quo Vadis PS?

 
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