PHIL 322 - The Methods of Science
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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More than ever, probability and statistics form the core of the scientific method, as just about every scientific field is being transformed by big data. This course is going to be about the philosophy behind these revolutionary changes. What is the difference between deductive reasoning (math) and inductive reasoning (science)? What is probability? Is it objective (frequencies and statistics) or subjective (degrees of belief), or both? Can scientific discovery be automated? How can we tell when our methods are reliable and when they aren’t? What is Hume’s problem of induction—and what are its practical implications? This will be an introductory course in probability, inductive logic, and aspects of philosophy of science. It has no prerequisites. We will be working with numerical examples and with mathematical ideas, but nothing beyond comfort and familiarity with high school math which will be presupposed.

Course Requirements:

Assessment will be via problems sets and short assignments, to be handed in via Canvas.

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Class will be held online without an in-person component.

Class Format:

The lectures will be held synchronously and will require student participation.


PHIL 322 - The Methods of Science
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001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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