Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL2026: Philosophy of Science
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)
Dr Adam Toon (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
This module will introduce you to key debates in the philosophy of science. It will draw on canonical texts, as well as historical and sociological case studies, running from classic philosophical debates in the 1960s about the status of scientific knowledge up to recent work in science and technological studies that brings in the practical and social dimensions of science. The module will also explore the relationship between history, sociology and philosophy of science. It has no prerequisites and is suitable for non-specialist students in the social and natural sciences, the humanities and engineering. It is also appropriate for students following interdisciplinary pathways.
The module will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Seminars will be organised around open-ended discussion of pre-assigned readings.