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Mark Jenkins
T PHIL 364
Tacoma Campus

Topics in the Philosophy of Science

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.

Class description

In this course students will be exposed to key issues in the philosophy of science through the lens of theoretical and practical psychiatry. Those issues will include ontology, classification, theory choice, explanation, reductionism, the value-ladenness of science and its susceptibility to corruption by special interests.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

From mostly discussion to mostly lecture, depending on enrollment.

Recommended preparation

Some previous engagement with college-level science, philosophy or psychology strongly encouraged. Intellectual curiosity and scholarly discipline both big pluses.

Class assignments and grading

Mix of medium length papers and short reading responses.

Papers and participation.


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 Mark Jenkins
Date: 02/10/2012