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John B. Manchak
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.

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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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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 Annette R. Bernier
Date: 06/27/2011