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FIV3000 Philosophy of Science 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FIV3000 (Spring 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The contents of the course will follow the main book closely, and deal with the following topics in the natural sciences.

I. Science and Pseudoscience

II. Rationality, Objectivity, and Values in Science

III. The Duhem-Quine Thesis and Under determination

IV. Induction, Prediction, and Evidence

V. Confirmation and Relevance: Bayesian  Approaches

VI. Models of Explanation

VII. Laws of Nature

VIII. Inter-Theoretic Reduction

The compendium deals with those aspects of the philosophy of science that are special to the social sciences, and with other aspects not directly covered by the course book.

Intended learning outcomes

The student upon completion of the course will be able to:

- give an account of important events in the history of science

- explain the (ideal and factual) requirements on scientific  work

- describe his or her own view on science, and compare this to his or her view on engineering

- apply scientific work to practical problems

- give an account of fundamental concepts of philosophy  of science,  and of ethics in science

- survey and present original texts in the area of philosophy  of science

- instrumentalise scientific  problems.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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Martin Curd and J. A. Cover (eds.): Philosophy of Science (Upplaga: 1 eller 2), W W Norton & Co Inc, 1998,



Kompletterande artiklar och bokutdrag.

Martin Curd and J. A. Cover (eds.): Philosophy of Science (1st or 2nd edition), W W Norton & Co Inc, 1998,



Additional articles and book excerpts.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


    Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

    The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

    At the end of the course there is a written exam (4,5 hp), in form of an essay, to test individual  abilities and understanding, graded on the ordinary  7-step scale A/B/C/D/E/Fx!F.

    Students close to the requirements for passing the written exam will be given the opportunity to complete, to reach grade E, but not higher. Students will be notified of this opportunity at the time of return of examinations, and any completion must meet the time deadline set.

    Other requirements for final grade

    To pass the seminars, the student should actively participate in (at least) all but two. The marking of an essay start upon received  proof that the student  has read especially  developed  material and instructions on plagiarism,  to be made available during the course.

    Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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    Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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    Ethical approach

    • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
    • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
    • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

    Further information

    Course room in Canvas

    Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

    Offered by

    Main field of study

    This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

    Education cycle

    Third cycle

    Add-on studies

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    Magnus Boman,

    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at EECS/Software and Computer Systems