Philosophy of Science
This course satisfies the “Philosophy and Religion” (C-3) section of the General Education Program. All courses in this section are designed to promote systematic reflection on questions concerning the structure and meaning of existence and knowledge. Achieving this goal involves developing an appreciation for and assessments of alternative world views and rival conceptual systems that have played central roles in human culture—influencing art, science, government, literature, and other important aspects of civilization.
Philosophy of Science is the discipline that aims to understand the goals, methodology and structure of scientific knowledge. In the course of the semester we will explore questions regarding the unification of scientific knowledge, the problem of the boundary between science and pseudo-science, scientific methodology, scientific progress, the relation between theory and observation, the problem of relativism and questions pertaining to science and religion such as creationism or intelligent design vs. evolution.