- Name: Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
- Division: Liberal Arts
- Discipline: Philosophy
- Units (Credits): 3.00
I. Catalog Course Description
Studies philosophical problems and implications of historical and contemporary scientific inquiry, e.g. the nature of laws, theories, explanations, scientific revolutions, values, relations of science and society.
II: Course Objectives
- Examine the scientific tradition in the West beginning with Aristotle.
- Examine particularly the development of scientific methodology since 1600.
- Ask the question: With human cognition and intelligibility, can we really KNOW the world?
- Discuss hypothesis, laws, theories, and explanations of natural sciences.
- Discuss the alternative ways that human beings explain and understand their lives and universe.
III: Course Linkage
PHIL 224 links to two programs at WNC, AA/AS and General Education.
- Demonstrate college-level writing skills appropriate to their degree or certificate.
- Demonstrate oral communication skills appropriate to their degree or certificate.
- Know the principles of critical thinking appropriate to transfer degrees.
- Develop effective and efficient learning skills.
- Appreciate the value and importance of diversity issues pertaining to the influence of gender and religious culture on the individual.
Scheduled PHIL-224 classes:
There are currently no PHIL-224 classes scheduled for this term.