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.
At UWT "Philosophy of Science" (TPHIL364) now replaces "Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment" (TIBCG363). The course focuses and interdisciplinary approaches to science, especially conceptual questions on basic and applied environmental studies. In 2011 we will focus on WATER RESOURCES. 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. Define ontology and fundamental ontological concepts applied to water resources;
2. Overview ontological views and their relation to different philosophical and scientific theories;
3. Understand how several disciplines presuppose, but rarely reflect on ontological concepts;
4. Research contemporary issues and their relation to an environmental/ecological ontology of water.
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).
Reading of Okasha, Samir "Philosophy of Science: A very short introduction" (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002).
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 posted on Catalyst.