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What is Science - PHL232

How does science work? Should scientific methods be privileged over other ways of knowing? Is the history of science an unfolding tale of intellectual and technological progress, or is it a messier process? This unit introduces central issues in the philosophy of science. We will discuss scientific revolutions, and whether they should be understood as fully rational. We will ask whether science describes the world as it “really is”. We will also consider challenges to science from sociology of science, feminism, and science studies. Is science really value-free? Should we want it to be? This unit presumes no particular background in science – it is suitable for students with a background in arts disciplines as well as for students in the social, behavioural, biological, and physical sciences.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

S2 Online - Session 2, Online

Staff Contact(s): Dr Alexander Gillett

(12cp at 100 level or above) or admission to GDipArts Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): PHIL232
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Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Philosophy

Faculty of Arts

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