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 may 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 of explanation. This unit will be of interest to philosophy majors, to students studying in a bachelor of science, or to anyone who is interested in the nature of science.
|Unit name||Philosophy of Science|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
|Discipline||Philosophy and Gender Studies|
|Coordinator||Doctor Richard Corry|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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- Understand some of the philosophical issues that lie at the foundations of science.
- Analyse and critically assess philosophical arguments.
- Engage with a range of philosophical views, synthesising perspectives to arrive at reflectively formed judgements.
- Communicate your ideas and reasoning in a clear manner.
- Appreciate the potential and limitations of scientific and rational enquiry.
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Prerequisites25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:HPA213-A AND HPA356-A AND HPA313-A AND HPA256-A
Weekly lectures (2 hours)
Weekly tutorial (1 hour)
Weekly lectures (2 hours)
Weekly online discussion activities
|Assessment||Take home exam (40%)|Article summary (15%)|Essay plan (5%)|Essay (40%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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