Philosophy

Philosophy of Science

Module code: V7076
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

The philosophy of science explores, among other things: the nature of laws and scientific explanation; the distinctive character of science and of how science progresses; realism/anti-realism about the theoretical entities posited by scientific theories. This module will introduce you to these issues and the central arguments involved. You will also explore notions integral to science, such as time, natural kinds, counterfactual support and causation.

Module learning outcomes

  • Present a coherent and detailed understanding of key issues in the philosophy of science.
  • Analyse key arguments in important texts in the philosophy of science.
  • Analyse key concepts in the philosophy of science, such as 'natural law', 'explanation' and 'theory'.
  • Present and defend some independent views with regard to the issues.