Philosophy of Science

According to Albert Einstein, the study of philosophy marks the difference between a technician and a "real seeker after truth." Einstein's point is especially true in the sciences. This course introduces students to fundamental philosophical concepts that are necessary for good scientific practice. Classical and contemporary readings reveal the importance of philosophy in the history and progress of science.

Topics include:

  • Defining "science"
  • Verification and falsification
  • Research design norms
  • Measures of theoretical progress
  • Categorical vs. statistical reasoning