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PHIL2670: Philosophy of Science

2022 unit information

In this unit we will explore philosophical questions about the nature of empirical science, including the nature of scientific explanations, scientific laws, and how evidence counts for or against a scientific theory. If observations are our best evidence for science then how can we establish the objective nature of empirical reality on that subjective basis Should we believe that our best scientific theories are true, or approximately true, or only predictively successful What does it take for a truth to count as a law of nature This unit explores these questions by engaging with works of historical and contemporary philosophers of science.

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Code PHIL2670
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Philosophy or History and Philosophy of Science HPSC

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate familiarity with key texts in the philosophy of science
  • LO2. critically evaluate theories concerning the scientific method, laws of nature, the relationships between different sciences, and scientific reasoning
  • LO3. understand how concepts and theories in the philosophy of science relate to a variety of contemporary conceptual problems in science
  • LO4. demonstrate skills in conceptual analysis and argument analysis

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Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote

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