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PHIL202 - Philosophy of Science

Course Details

Course Code: PHIL202 Course ID: 4693 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Philosophy of Science will introduce students to the origins and development of modern science and how that is distinguished from pseudo-science; the importance of deduction and induction and their separate methodologies; the process of the scientific method; scientific change and scientific revolutions, particularly that of Thomas Kuhn; and selected philosophical problems in the basic sciences, such as absolute space, biological classification, the modular mind, and recent discoveries of neuroscience.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define how "science" can be distinguished from "true science," "pseudo-science," and “scientism.”
  2. Describe the process of the scientific method in research and scientific investigation.
  3. Describe the logical positivist philosophy of science.
  4. Describe the structure of Thomas Kuhn's "paradigm shift" and the rationality of science.
  5. Compare and contrast the positions of Gottfried Leibniz and Isaac Newton on the issue of absolute space.
  6. Identify the problems in scientific classification.
  7. Identify current discoveries in neuroscience.
  8. Compare and contrast the approaches of science and religion in seeking universal truths about the human condition.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Introduction 3.33 %
Week 1 Forum 3.33 %
Week 2 Forum 3.33 %
Week 3 Forum 3.33 %
Week 4 Forum 3.33 %
Week 5 Forum 3.33 %
Week 6 Forum 3.33 %
Week 7 Forum 3.33 %
Week 8 Forum 3.33 %
Homework Assignments 30.00 %
Week 3 - Timeline 1 10.00 %
Week 4 - Research Proposal 10.00 %
Week 5 - Timeline 2 10.00 %
Research Paper and Presentation 40.00 %
Week 7 - Research Essay 20.00 %
Week 8 - Research Presentation 20.00 %
Book Title: Early Writings in the Philosophy of Science: From Aristotle to Einstein - e-book available inside the classroom
Author: Canfield Fuller, Sarah, ed
Publication Info: APUS ePress
ISBN: PHIL202-NTMO
Book Title: Theory and Reality: An Introduction to Philosophy of Science-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author: Godfrey-Smith, Peter
Publication Info: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226300634
Book Title: Philosophy of Science: Contemporary Readings
Author: Balashov, Yuri, and Alex Rosenberg, eds
Publication Info: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415257824
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Book Title:Early Writings in the Philosophy of Science: From Aristotle to Einstein - e-book available inside the classroom
ISBN:PHIL202-NTMO
Publication Info:APUS ePress
Author:Canfield Fuller, Sarah, ed
Book Title:Theory and Reality: An Introduction to Philosophy of Science-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780226300634
Author:Godfrey-Smith, Peter
Unit Cost:$27.96
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.