PHIL 155 - The Nature of Science
Winter 2015, Section 001
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Waitlist Notes:
philosophy.staff@umich.edu
Advisory Prerequisites:
Students are strongly advised not to take more than two Philosophy Introductions.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

PHIL 155 aims to provide a broad overview of the main issues in the philosophy of science, including the character of scientific reasoning, the empirical method and our knowledge of the external world, the nature of experimentation, the confirmation of scientific hypotheses by empirical data, theory choice, the realism/anti-realism debate, and the question of what differentiates science from non-science. Various episodes in the history of science will be used to illustrate these points. Special attention will be paid to the Copernican Revolution, the rise and fall of Newtonian mechanics, and the early development of the theory of evolution. A second goal of the course is to help students develop and improve their skills in critical reading and argumentative writing.

Course Requirements:

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Intended Audience:

The course should be accessible to students at all levels.

Class Format:

3 hrs lecture w/discussion per week

Schedule

PHIL 155 - The Nature of Science
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001 (LEC)
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002 (LEC)
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