John B. Manchak
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 course serves as an introduction to the philosophy of science. We will examine broad topics such as falsification, confirmation, explanation, underdetermination, realism, and the structure of scientific revolutions. We will ground our study of these topics by considering the history of spacetime physics from Zeno to Einstein. Texts: Space from Zeno to Einstein, Huggett; Origins of Modern Science, Butterfield; Philosophy of Science: The Central Issues, Curd and Cover (eds). Prerequisite: PHIL 120 and one math course.
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