Philosophy of Science (p) (2006/2007)

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Name of lecturer
Antonio Moretto
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
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Language of instruction
1st semester dal Oct 2, 2006 al Dec 20, 2006.

Lesson timetable

1st semester
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.2  
Thursday 8:30 AM - 10:10 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.1  

Learning outcomes

The course is conceived as an introduction to philosophy of science and some important phases of scientific development, as well as philosophical issues connected to it.


Contents of the course:
I) Elements of the history of philosophy of science:
a) Philosophy of science in the Ancient and Medieval thought;
b) Seminars on G.Galilei and I. Newton;
c) Science in modern Age and its philosophical implications;
d) Positivism – seminar on Comte;
e) Crisis of the unity of science and new perspective in philosophy of science: conventionalism, logical empyrism, falsicationism, operationism, theory of scientific revolution, programmes of the scientific research. See in: a) LOSEE, Philosophy of science, chap. 1-8, 9 (sect. I, II, III §§ 1, 2), 10, 11, 12 (§§ 1-3), 14 (§§ 1, 2); b) notes from class.
II) Subjects of philosophy of science: a) logics and philosophy of science; b) Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry; c) Models; d) The philosophical issue brought up by the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics; e) Probability; f) Seminar on J.-H. Poincaré and R. Carnap. See in: a) GILLIES, GIORELLO, Philosophy of science in the XXth century; various authors, Philosophy of science, edited by C. Sinigaglia; b) notes from class.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral test concerning the programme