- Module code: PH214
- Module name: Philosophy of Science
- Department: Philosophy
- Credit: 15
Module content and teaching
This module will cover some key questions in contemporary epistemology and metaphysics of science. The epistemological questions will be centered on the notion of scientific explanation: How is explanation different from mere description? Can we give a general account of what explaining a phenomenon consists in? What difference does having an explanation for a phenomenon make to a person? The metaphysical questions we will look at concern mainly the nature of causation and time, and their status within science: To what extent is causation a category recognized by the sciences? What is the difference between causation and mere correlation? What explains the 'arrow of time'? Can there be a scientific explanation of asymmetries in time?
Principal learning outcomes
By the end of this module, students should have an understanding of some of the key concepts, positions and debates in contemporary philosophy of science, and grasp some of the general epistemological and metaphysical issues to which they relate. They should also be able to analyse specific arguments in the philosophy of science and come to their own critical views of their merits.
Timetabled teaching activities
Teaching will normally comprise a 1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar per week over the course of one term.
Other essential notes
Please note that attendance at both lectures and seminars and completion of any unasssessed or required work is a requirement of this module
|Assessment group||Assessment name||Percentage|
|15 CATS (Module code: PH214-15)|
|A1 (Assessed work only)||Assessed Course Work||15%|
|Assessed Course Work||85%|
|Assessed Course Work||100%|
This module is available on the following courses:
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 2
- Undergraduate Philosophy (wiith Intercalated year) (V701) - Year 2
- Undergraduate Philosophy with Computer Science (V7G5) - Year 2
- Undergraduate Philosophy with Computer Science (V7G5) - Year 3
- Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 3
- Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 2