PHIL 205. Science and the Interpretation of Reality.
Cr. 3. A study of the philosophical questions surrounding science as a field of knowledge and as a cultural institution. What is science, and how do we distinguish between science and non-science? Does science yield knowledge of reality, or does it merely generate plausible models whose significance comes from their practical applications (technology)? Is scientific knowledge superior to non-scientific knowledge, and does science therefore deserve the place of authority that it has in Western (and, increasingly, global) culture? These and related issues may be covered. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or consent of the instructor.