PHIL 420 - Philosophy of Science
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in Philosophy or Science at the 300 level or higher with a grade of C- or better; or graduate standing.
Other Course Info:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course offers upper-level undergraduates and beginning graduate students a broad overview of the philosophy of science. It seeks to clarify the nature of the “scientific method” and to understand its great success. Topics to be covered include: the processes by which scientific hypotheses are confirmed by observation and evidence (with special focus on evidence in medicine), scientific revolutions, the realism/anti-realism debate concerning the laws, unobservable entities and processes that science postulates, debates concerning the existence and nature of laws of nature, probability and its uses in science, causation and explanation, and the roles of science in society. Students will be asked to read about 40 pages of material per week, to write two 10-12 page papers and to take a midterm examination and a final.

PHIL 420 - Philosophy of Science
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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