The course is a survey of issues in the philosophy of science and issues in the philosophy of special sciences (mathematical, physical, biological, psychological, social and technological). The courses will cover received views that informed central issues in the second half of the 20th-century, subsequent developments and new issues. General topics include observation, experimentation, modeling, simulations, explanation, understanding, testing, realism, causation, values, unity and pluralism, and the relation of philosophy of science to the sciences, history and science studies.
Our department is interested in the structure and development of the natural, social, and medical sciences, and how they intersect with science and society. You can investigate the rise of science and medicine from their origins to the present moment, while considering the social and intellectual impacts of science and medicine.