Science is our most successful attempt to understand the world around us, and it plays an extremely important role in contemporary society. As such, we should not ignore the possibility that science may have something to contribute to traditional philosophical debates about the nature of the world and our place in it. But nor should we, as philosophers or ordinary citizens, ignore the limitations of science and accept everything scientists tell us uncritically. In this unit we cast a philosophical eye over science, considering questions like What is science? What makes something a science rather than a pseudo-science? Are there limits to scientific knowledge? We will also cast a scientific eye on philosophy, considering what science might have to tell us about such issues as what it is to be human, the philosophy of time, the question of design in and of the natural world, and the nature explanation. This unit will be of interest to philosophy majors following the Logic and Philosophy of science stream, to students studying in a bachelor of science, or to anyone who is interested in the nature of science.
The exact content of this unit will rotate from year to year. For more specific information about the content of this unit in any given year, see the Teaching Plan available at the Philosophy homepage.
|Unit name||Philosophy of Science|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
|Discipline||Philosophy and Gender Studies|
Dr Richard Corry
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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Requisites25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
HPA213, HPA313, HPA256, HPA356
On Campus: 2 x 1hr lectures weekly; 1 x 1hr tutorial fortnightly (13 wks);
Off Campus: web-based delivery (13 wks)
3500 words internal assessment (60%), take home exam submitted by MyLo (40%)
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