Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy & Science

This course introduces students to philosophy with a special focus on issues at the intersection of philosophy and science and in the philosophy of science. Topics to be discussed may include the nature and limits of scientific knowledge and the scientific method, the metaphysical foundations of science, puzzles to do with quantum mechanics and relativity theory, science and values, and the place of science in society and culture.

Spring 2018 Courses

Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy and Science
10103 01 (30116)
Chakravartty
11:00-12:15 MW
First Year Students Only

Philosophy is a longstanding tradition of inquiry, with roots in ancient times, which includes thinking about what there is in the world, what those things are like and how they behave, and how we come to know them. The sciences, in their modern forms, comprise a much more recent tradition of inquiry which seeks, amazingly, to investigate the same things. How are these traditions related to one another? This course is an introduction to the worlds of philosophy and science though a consideration of how they are deeply interconnected. Through examples of historical scientific developments, theories, and models, we will consider some profound and general questions about our methods of investigating and reasoning about the world, the knowledge and explanations we produce, and the nature of what exists.


Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy and Science
10103 02 (30612)
Howard
9:30-10:45 MW
First Year Students Only

This course will be an introduction to philosophy with a special focus on issues at the intersection of philosophy and science and in the philosophy of science. Topics to be discussed may include the nature and limits of scientific knowledge and the scientific method, the metaphysical foundations of science, puzzles to do with quantum mechanics and relativity theory, science and values, and the place of science in society and culture.