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Jonathan W. Rosenberg
PHIL 160
Seattle Campus

Why Do We Believe in Quarks, Evolution, and Other Crazy Things? Perspectives on Science, Reason, and Reality

Study of how scientific theories are justified and why they are accepted, using selected examples from the history of science.

Class description

This course is a basic introduction to general issues in the philosophy of science. The aim of this class is to give students a richer understanding of the scientific process, by looking at a variety of philosophical accounts of science and selected examples from the history of science. Topics will include (but are not limited to): Science’s aims, the demarcation of science from non-science, the form and purpose of scientific inferences and explanations, Science’s objectivity and authority, and the relationship between Science and Society.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 02/15/2013