Contemporary Philosophy of Science (PHIL*6730) | College of Arts

Contemporary Philosophy of Science (PHIL*6730)

Code and section: PHIL*6730*01

Term: Fall 2020

Instructor: Andrew Wayne


This course is cross-listed with PHIL*4140

Knowing “why” is a singular achievement, distinct from other scientific accomplishments. This course focuses on the philosophy of scientific explanation and related issues including reduction, emergence, idealization and modeling. The emphasis  is on contemporary work. If possible, the course will meet face-to-face Mondays 2:30 - 5:20. Whether a face-to-face meeting will be possible depends on university guidelines and student availability. Alternatively, the class will be held remotely during the same time.

Course Outline

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.