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Course details 2012-2013  
Philosophy of science
Course Code :2001WETWEF
Study domain:Philosophy and Ethics
Bi-anuall course:Taught in academic years starting in an even year
Semester:Semester: 2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction :English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Erik Myin


1. Prerequisites

At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:

  • Competences corresponding the final attainment level of secondary school

An active knowlegde of :
  • Dutch
A passive knowledge of :
  • English
Specific prerequisites for this course:
none in particular

2. Learning outcomes

Knowledge of and insight in themes and tendencies of contemporary philosophy of science. Being able to distinguish, compare and contrast different points of view on science taken by philosophers. Being able to frame a problem or an issue in these different perspectives. 

3. Course contents

The course is concerned with contemporary philosophical reflection on science. Outstanding issues in contemporary philosophy of science, such as explanation, causality, prediction, truth and realism are covered and looked at from a variety of angles. 

4. Teaching method

Class contact teaching:
  • Lectures

  • 5. Assessment method and criteria

  • Oral with written preparation

  • 6. Study material

    Required reading

    A syllabus "Wetenschapsfilosofie" written by the instructor, will be available on Blackboard.

    Optional reading

    The following study material can be studied on a voluntary basis:
    - Godfrey-Smith, Peter (2003), Theory and reality. An introduction to the philosophy of science. Chicago, ILL.: University of Chicago Press.

    - Clark, Andy (2000), Mindware. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science, New York: Oxford University Press.  

    - Clark, Andy (2003), Natural Born Cyborgs. Minds, Technologies and the Future of Human Inteligence, New York: Oxford University Press.  

    7. Contact information

    Erik Myin

    Stadscampus, lokaal D416

    (+)last update: 26/06/2011 19:51 erik.myin