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