Topics in the Philosophy of Science (PHIL*3170) | College of Arts

Topics in the Philosophy of Science (PHIL*3170)

Code and section: PHIL*3170*01

Term: Winter 2019

Instructor: Andrew Wayne


In this course we look at science from a variety of philosophical perspectives. First, we examine scientific reasoning from a radically empiricist perspective (Nelson Goodman). Second, we look at scientific revolutions and how new scientific paradigms are developed and adopted (Thomas Kuhn). Third, we explore the impact of the Internet and “google-knowing” on the manufacture and control of knowledge in science and beyond (Michael Lynch).

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.