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Amos Nascimento
T PHIL 364
Tacoma Campus

Topics in the Philosophy of Science

Study of one or more current topics in philosophy of science such as scientific realism, explanation, confirmation, causation. Can not be taken if T PHIL 363 already taken. Prerequisite: one T PHIL course.

Class description

"Philosophy of Science" (TPHIL364) focuses and interdisciplinary approaches to science, especially conceptual questions on basic and applied environmental research. In 2014 we will focus on the concept of ANTHROPOCENE. There are NO PREREQUISITES for this course, but a previous TPHIL course is RECOMMENDED. Students who have taken TPHIL 363 cannot take TPHIL 364.

Student learning goals

1. Study and understand recent discussions on climate change and the definition of anthropocentric values, anthropogenic impacts, and the "Anthropocene";

2. Overview discussions on the meaning and application of the "Anthropocene" concept in areas such as geology, chemistry, philosophy, and literature;

3. Understand how several disciplines are contributing to this debate and creating a new interdisciplinary research field;

4. Research contemporary local and global issues and their relation to natural/environmental/ ecological aspects of the "Anthropocene."

General method of instruction

1. Reading of required texts, participation in discussions and writing of protocols; 2. Participation in field activities beyond the classroom; 3. Discussion of selected environmental themes and problems; 4. Presentation of “cases” of historical and contemporary relevance; 5. A final research paper of approximately 15 pages (3,000 words), articulating (2), (3) and (4).

Recommended preparation

To be defined shortly.

Class assignments and grading

1. Tests/Quizzes (20%); 2. Participation in discussions and activities (20%) 3. Writing of reports (20%); 4. Oral presentation (20%); 5. Final paper (20%).

See above. Other details are to be posted on Catalyst.


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 Amos Nascimento
Date: 11/02/2013