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.
Aside from the 2-hour lecturers, the course has seminars, which are part of the final examination. The seminars are, for reasons of pedagogy, different from a methodological perspective. PhD students follow the masters seminars plus two or three seminars. One of these focuses on the own work of the PhD students.
Lectures are not mandatory. The lectures will be given in English, and all kinds of student presentations are required to be in English.
The course is evaluated and developed according to the KTH policy for Course Analysis, see http://intra.kth.se/regelverk/utbildning-forskning/grundutbildning/kursanalys/kursanalys-1.27204
Parts of the first seven out of nine chapters total in the main book will be part of the course. The book consists of about 1000 pages of original manuscripts, with an additional 400 pages of editorial comments. Students are recommended to do a substantial amount of reading before the course starts, in order to keep up with lectures.