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Lynn Hankinson Nelson
PHIL 360
Seattle Campus

Introductory Topics in Philosophy of Science

Study of one or more current topics in philosophy of science such as scientific realism, explanation, confirmation, causation. Prerequisite: one PHIL course; recommended: PHIL 120; PHIL 160.

Class description

This section of 350 will study research in the biological and psychological sciences devoted to uncovering key features of "human nature." Our analyses will, perforce, engage several current topics in the philosophy of science, including confirmation, reductionism, and values and science.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Combination of short lecture (beginning and end of meetings) and group discussion, centered initially on questions provided by the instructor and then encompassing questions and arguments of members of the course.

Recommended preparation

At least one philosophy course.

Class assignments and grading

Readings for each meeting Three short formal papers Group projects and a presentation (end of quarter)

Participation in and contributions to class discussion Formal papers Group projects and presentation


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 Lynn Hankinson Nelson
Date: 11/06/2005