Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL3128: Knowledge, Human Values and Anti-Science
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)
Dr Celso Alves Neto (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
Can knowledge be politically neutral? Can it state facts that are completely independent from our political and moral views? In this module, you will examine these and related questions about how politics and morality influence what we take to be “true” or “false”. You will also consider the motivations and merits of anti-science movements, such as anti-vaxxers and climate change denialists. Are these movements politically biased? Are they correctly denouncing science (and thus knowledge) as rigged? To discuss these issues, we draw on different scholarly traditions, such as feminist philosophy and sociology of science. The module requires no background in science, epistemology, ethics, or politics. The module is highly recommended for interdisciplinary pathways.