Description
EXPLANATIONS OF HUMANS AND SOCIETY
Scientific explanations for human behavior have tremendous authority. They influence medicine, law, and perhaps most importantly, how we understand ourselves and each other. But what constitutes a good explanation for the behavior of human individuals or social groups? In this course, we will investigate the history and philosophy of scientific explanations of human behavior, loosely interpreted. Drawing from debates in biology, psychology, economics, and epidemiology, we will inquire as to what, if anything, makes these scientific models and explanations true, good, or useful, and for whom. In evaluating explanations, we'll draw on history and philosophy of science, feminist epistemology, and philosophy of language. Students of all intellectual backgrounds are welcome in this course.
Details
Grading Basis
LG/SNC Elective Basis
Units
3
Component
Lecture - Required
Course Attributes
Social Science
Pmathic Ctext: Ethical/Pol
Pmathic Ctext: Soc/Behav
Offering
Course
HPS 0623
Academic Group
Dietrich Sch Arts and Sciences
Academic Organization
History & Philosophy of Sci
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Typically Offered
Spring