Lynn Hankinson Nelson
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.
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.
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