Topics in the Philosophy of Science
Michael Faraday's diagram of magnetic lines of force, from his “Experimental Researches in Electricity”, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 142, 1 January 1852, pp. 25–56.
|PHIL-GA 3009||5 Washington Place 302||Mondays, 1:15pm to 3:15pm|
This course will cover three central topics in general philosophy of science: explanation, laws and causation. The focus will be on how general issues intersect with some more applied topics in the particular sciences, with some candidates being: causal and non-causal explanation in evolutionary theory; explainability in artificial intelligence; explanation and understanding in climate modeling; the relationship between the idea that the dynamical laws of physics govern and the idea that they explain; and the relationship between the cognitive science of causal judgment and the metaphysics of causation. We will focus on the topics that those attending become most interested in.
- Thirteen 1–2 page weekly reading summaries.
- One research paper.
|Reading Summaries:||The day before every class.|
|Research Paper:||Monday 14 December|
Meeting One: Introductory Discussion (Wednesday 9 September)
Meeting Two: (Monday 14 September)
Meeting Three: (Monday 21 September)
Meeting Four: (Monday 28 September)
Meeting Five: (Monday 5 October)
Meeting Six: (Monday 12 October)
Meeting Seven: (Monday 19 October)
Meeting Eight: (Monday 26 October)
Meeting Nine: (Monday 2 November)
Meeting Ten: (Monday 9 November)
Meeting Eleven: (Monday 16 November)
Meeting Twelve: (Monday 23 November)
Meeting Thirteen: (Monday 30 November)
Meeting Fourteen: (Monday 7 December)
Updated: 25 March 2020