T PHIL 364
Study of one or more current topics in philosophy of science such as scientific realism, explanation, confirmation, causation. Can not be taken if T PHIL 363 already taken. Prerequisite: one T PHIL course.
"Philosophy of Science" (TPHIL364) focuses and interdisciplinary approaches to science, especially conceptual questions on basic and applied environmental research. In 2014 we will focus on the concept of ANTHROPOCENE. There are NO PREREQUISITES for this course, but a previous TPHIL course is RECOMMENDED. Students who have taken TPHIL 363 cannot take TPHIL 364.
Student learning goals
1. Study and understand recent discussions on climate change and the definition of anthropocentric values, anthropogenic impacts, and the "Anthropocene";
2. Overview discussions on the meaning and application of the "Anthropocene" concept in areas such as geology, chemistry, philosophy, and literature;
3. Understand how several disciplines are contributing to this debate and creating a new interdisciplinary research field;
4. Research contemporary local and global issues and their relation to natural/environmental/ ecological aspects of the "Anthropocene."
General method of instruction
1. Reading of required texts, participation in discussions and writing of protocols; 2. Participation in field activities beyond the classroom; 3. Discussion of selected environmental themes and problems; 4. Presentation of “cases” of historical and contemporary relevance; 5. A final research paper of approximately 15 pages (3,000 words), articulating (2), (3) and (4).
To be defined shortly.
Class assignments and grading
1. Tests/Quizzes (20%); 2. Participation in discussions and activities (20%) 3. Writing of reports (20%); 4. Oral presentation (20%); 5. Final paper (20%).
See above. Other details are to be posted on Catalyst.