Cross-listed with PHIL 205X.
This is a course in the history and philosophy of science. It traces the history of modern science by surveying key historical developments in a variety of domains, such as physics, chemistry, biology, and psychology. Throughout, the approach is conceptual rather than mathematical. The focus is on the conceptual contours of influential scientific theories, and on their assumptions and implications concerning the nature of reality, of knowledge, and of science itself. In addition, the course may address topics of special interest such as the creation-evolution debate, scientific challenges to traditional conceptions of human nature and the self, the relationships among science, technology, values and culture, and so on.
Texts may include:
Burtt, The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science, Dover, 978-0486425511
Lange, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Physics: Locality, Fields, Energy, and Mass, Wiley-Blackwell, 978-0631225010
Godfre-Smith, Theory & Reality, University of Chicago Press, 978-0226300634
Sterelny & Griffiths, Sex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology, University of Chicago Press, 978-0226773049
Chalmers, The Conscious Mind, Oxford Press, 978-0195117899