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Phil 3550: Philosophy of Science

Schedule for Spring 2012 (Tentative)

In the reading assignments below, KHR refers to Introductory Readings in the Philosophy of Science (3rd Edition) edited by Klemke, Hollinger, and Rudge. Chalmers refers to What is This Thing Called Science? by David Chalmers. Additional readings can be found in the course reserves.

Lec. Date Assignment Study Guide
1 Mon 1/9 Course and Unit 1 Introduction
2 Wed 1/11 Popper, Science: Conjectures and Refutations (KHR pp. 38-47) HTML : PDF : Word
3 Fri 1/13 Kuhn, Logic of Discovery or Psychology of Research? (course reserves) HTML : PDF : Word
Mon 1/16 Martin Luther King Day (no class)
4 Wed 1/18 Lakatos, Science or Pseudoscience (course reserves) HTML : PDF : Word
5 Fri 1/20 Class Cancelled
6 Mon 1/23 Thagard, Why Astrology is a Pseudoscience (KHR pp. 66-75) HTML : PDF : Word
7 Wed 1/25 Feyerabend, How to Defend Society against Science (KHR pp. 54-65) HTML : PDF : Word
8 Fri 1/27 Ziman, What is Science? (KHR pp. 48-53) HTML : PDF : Word
9 Mon 1/30 Ruse, Creation-Science is not Science (course reserves) HTML : PDF : Word
10 Wed 2/1 Laudan, Commentary: Science at the Bar (course reserves) HTML : PDF : Word
11 Fri 2/3 Ruse, Response to Commentary (course reserves) HTML : PDF : Word
12 Mon 2/6 Unit 1 Exam Text : PDF : Word
13 Wed 2/8 Hempel, Studies in the Logic of Explanation pt. I (KHR pp. 206-210) NA
14 Fri 2/10 class cancelled NA
15 Mon 2/13 Hempel pp. 217-221 and Lambert and Britten pp. 225-232 NA (Bonus Quiz)
16 Wed 2/15 Cartwright, The Truth Doesn't Explain Much (KHR pp. 233-240) HTML : PDF : Word
17 Fri 2/17 Ruben, Arguments, Laws, and Explanations pp. 720-727 (course reserves) HTML : PDF : Word
18 Mon 2/20 van Fraassen, The Pragmatics of Explanation (KHR pp. 264-273) PDF : Word
19 Wed 2/22 Salmon, Scientific Explanation pt. 1 (KHR pp. 241-248) NA
20 Fri 2/24 Salmon, Scientific Explanation pt. 2-4 (KHR pp. 249-260) PDF : Word
21 Mon 2/27 Kitcher, Explanatory Unification (KHR pp. 278-301) HTML
22 Wed 2/29 Unit 2 Exam Text : PDF : Word
Fri 3/2 Spirit Day (no class)
Mon 3/5
Wed 3/7 Spring Break (no classes)
Fri 3/9
23 Mon 3/12 Carnap, The Nature of Theories pt. I-II (KHR pp. 316-326) HTML
24 Wed 3/14 Carnap, The Nature of Theories pt. III (KHR pp. 326-332) HTML : PDF : Word
25 Fri 3/16 Carnap continued NA
26 Mon 3/19 Class Cancelled NA
27 Wed 3/21 Putnam, What Theories Are Not (KHR pp. 333-338) NA -- Bonus Quiz
28 Fri 3/23 Hanson, Observation (KHR pp. 339-351) NA -- Bonus Quiz
29 Mon 3/26 Stace, Science and the Physical World (KHR pp. 352-357) HTML : PDF : Word
30 Wed 3/28 Toulmin, Do Sub-Microscopic Entities Exist? (KHR pp. 358-362) HTML : PDF : Word
31 Fri 3/30 Optional: Maxwell (KHR pp. 363-373)
32 Mon 4/2 Review Day
33 Wed 4/4 Unit 3 Exam PDF : Word
34 Fri 4/6 Quine and Ullian, Hypothesis (KHR pp. 404-414) HTML : PDF : Word
35 Mon 4/9 No Class
36 Wed 4/11 Giere, Justifying Scientific Theories (KHR pp. 415-434) HTML : PDF : Word
37 Fri 4/13 Kuhn, Objectivity, Value Judgment, and Theory Choice (KHR pp. 435-450) (Optional)
38 Mon 4/16 Frank, The Variety of Reasons... (KHR pp. 465-475) (Optional)
39 Wed 4/18 The Raven Paradox NA
40 Fri 4/20 Review Day NA
Wed 4/25 Unit 4 Exam and Final Exam (at 12:30pm in regular classroom) Text : PDF : Word