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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.

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Summary 2020

Unit name Philosophy of Science
Unit code HPH206
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies

Dr Richard Corry

Teaching staff

Dr Richard Corry

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus:   2 x 1hr lectures weekly; 1 x 1hr tutorial fortnightly (13 wks); 

Off Campus:   web-based delivery (13 wks)

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3000 words internal assessment (60%), take home exam submitted by MyLo (40%)

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