PHILOSOPHY 300: INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE


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COURSE INORMATION

SYLLABUS


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Part I:  Empiricism and Justification

The Problem of Authority
What Do We Mean By "Science"?
A Brief History of Philosophy of Science
Basic Concepts of Logic
The Empiricist Consensus
Logical Positivism
Rudolph Carnap
The Vienna Circle
FAQ's About the Empricist Consensus
Types of Statements: Some Useful Definitions
FAQ's about EC in print-out form
The Deductive Nomological Model of Scientific Explanation
Fundamental Concepts of Logic
Hempel's formulation of DN Model:
Carl Hempel Biography
Carl Hempel Photo
Hypothetico-Deductivist Model of Justification
Print out Version of Hypothetico-Deductivist Model of Justification & Paradoxes


Part II: Problems with Empiricism

The Paradoxes of the Gruesome Ravens
Hempel's Raven Paradox
Popperian Falsificationism
Stanford Encyclopedia on Karl Popper
"About Karl Popper" Webpage
 Popper's LSE Institute Home Page
The Challenge of  "Holism"
Theory Ladeness of Observation
Hanson on Observation (Chap ! Patterns of Dsicovery)
For General interest not directly related to this course:  Some ancedotal material on Popper and Wittgenstein's Poker


PART III: Historicism and Rationalism

Part IV: Realism versus Constructivism Part V: Social Construction of Science