PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE
Session
Academic Term
Class Number
31576
Career
Undergraduate
Dates
1/19/2021 - 4/23/2021
Units
3 units
Grading
LG/SNC Elective Basis
Description
An introductory course in philosophy of science
Class Attributes
SCI Polymathic Contexts: Ethical/Policy GE. Req.
Class Notes
Science, and the technologies that it has provided, are at the heart of modern society, and the "scientific method" is often held up as the gold standard in making discoveries about the world. But what actually is science, what is its "method", and just how seriously should we take its discoveries? In this course we will investigate three linked topics: 1)The demarcation question: what is the line between science and non-science, or science and pseudo-science 2)The rationality of science: how should we understand the scientific method, how - if at all - does it differ from other forms of discovery, and - above all - can it be understood as a genuinely objective way to gain knowledge? 3)The nature of scientific knowledge: should we accept as true the weird and wonderful things that modern science seems to be telling us about the Universe - quarks, distant galaxies, DNA molecules, parallel universes - or are scientific theories at most handy tools to manipulate the world we observe with our senses? The planned operational modality for this class is REMOTE. For more information please visit http://www.provost.pitt.edu/students/student-success-flexpitt/flex-pitt-guarded-risk-posture-all-students-remote/ The planned operational mode for this class when meeting in-person is ROTATED COHORT. For more information please visit http://www.provost.pitt.edu/students/student-success-flexpitt/flex-pitt-guarded-risk-posture-rotated-cohort-classroom/

Class Details
Instructor(s)
David Wallace
Meets
TuTh 2:20PM - 3:10PM
Meeting Dates
01/19/2021 - 04/23/2021
Room
102 O'Hara Student Center
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Location
Pittsburgh Campus
Components
Lecture Required, Recitation Required
Textbooks/Materials
Textbooks to be determined
Class Availability
Status
Open
Seats Taken
60
Seats Open
60
Combined Section Capacity
120
Unrestricted Seats
0
Restricted Seats
0
Wait List Total
2
Wait List Capacity
40
Combined Section
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Seats Taken: 37
Wait List Total: 2
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Status: Open
Seats Taken: 23
Wait List Total: 0