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2014-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PL 3850 - Philosophy of Science

This course explores questions that come up in thinking philosophically about natural science, such as: how is science to be defined; the criteria for good scientific theories; the distinction between science, non-science, and pseudo-science; how theory change takes place in science; scientific theories and objective truth; the status of theoretical entities in science; questions arising from science and religion, science and values, and the history of science. Thinkers studied will include: Aristotle, Augustine, Galileo, Newton, Popper, Quine, Duhem, Hempel, Kuhn, Lauden, McMullin, and Longino.

Prerequisite: PL 1100  or PL 1150 .