Philosophy of Science

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Philosophy of Science

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    Students:
    - acquire knowledge of and insight into the most important schools and problems in contemporary philosophy of science (at an introductory
    level);
    - applying this knowledge and insights to current questions and discussions regarding the nature of science and its role in today's society.
    - develop one's own substantiated judgment with regard to philosophical questions concerning science, and are able to communicate this judgment verbally and in writing.

    COURSE CONTENT
    This course will address key-subjects in philosophy of science:
    - Classical philosophy of science (logical positivism and Popper);
    - Historical and sociological research in science;
    - Realism and the nature of scientific explanation;
    - Philosophy of Social Science and the Humanities;
    - Science and values;
    - Feminist's perspectives on science.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures, assignments, debates

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Written exam (70%), written assignment (30%)

    RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
    Recommended is a general familiarity with systematic or historical problems from philosophy.

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