PHIL 320 - The World-View of Modern Science
Winter 2016, Section 001
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Like all of us, modern science is something that has a history: it arose in the 17th century, and has, in various forms, been with us ever since. This course draws upon the history of modern science to frame and address questions about worldviews, scientific and otherwise. What is a worldview, anyway, and what are they good for? Can we (and should we) get along without worldviews? What, if anything, distinguishes a scientific worldview from worldviews of other sorts, such as religious, ethical, political, ideological? Are scientific worldviews necessarily rivals to these other sorts of worldviews, or can they co-exist? Can scientific worldviews be rival to one another? After all, the history of modern science abounds in changes so rapid and dramatic that they're called revolutions. We'll study the Copernican Revolution, the Chemical Revolution, the Darwinian Revolution, as well as revolutions in geology (plate tectonics) and 20th century physics (quantum mechanics, relativity) in order to ask what principles (if any!) do or should govern changes in scientific worldview. This is really a question about the objectivity of science, and it is hoped that confronting the question will help students better discharge a task they face as citizens and as moral agents: the task of evaluating scientific claims (say about climate change or proposed remedies for medical or societal ills) with practical and ethical implications.

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PHIL 320 - The World-View of Modern Science
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