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PHIL0216

Science and Quest for Truth

Science and the Quest for Truth
On a fairly conventional view, science exemplifies humankind's rational inquiry into the true structure of the world. But what exactly is science? In what sense is it rational? Are scientific claims true or merely useful in predicting and controlling our environment? To answer these questions, we will examine scientific activities such as theory construction, explanation, confirmation, and experimentation, and their role in debates concerning the role of rationality and truth in scientific knowledge. (This course presupposes no prior knowledge of philosophy or science.)
Subject:
Philosophy
Department:
Philosophy
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
PHL
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Spring 2015

PHIL0216A-S15 Lecture (Khalifa)

Spring 2014

PHIL0216A-S14 Lecture (Khalifa)

Fall 2006

PHIL0216A-F06 Lecture (Khalifa)

Spring 2006

PHIL0216A-S06 Lecture (Jagnow)