The lecture are held weekly on Fridays from 10-11am at W5C 335, and from 11-12 at E5A 130.
Tutorials will be held weekly, with the exception of Week 1 and Week 3. Time and place will be announced shortly.
The Readings will be listed on iLearn:
The main readings will be chapters from:
• Peter Godfrey-Smith, Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Science and Its Conceptual Foundations series), University of Chicago Press
Additional Readings will be distributed prior to class:
o Oppenheim, P., & Putnam, H. (1958). The Unity of Science as a Working Hypothesis. In H. Feigl, M. Scriven & G. Maxwell (Eds.), Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science (Vol. II, pp. 3-36). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
o Fodor, J. A. (1974). Special sciences, Or the Disunity of Science as a Working Hypothesis. Synthese, 28, 77-115.
o Bechtel, W., & Abrahamsen, A. (2005). Explanation: A Mechanistic Alternative. Studies in History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 36, 421-441.
o Weber, M. (2005). Philosophy of Experimental Biology. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press. (Chapter 2)
o Woodward, J. (2001) "Law and Explanation in Biology: Invariance Is the Kind of Stability That Matters." Philosophy of Science 68 (1): 1-20
o Woodward, J (2010) “Causation in biology: stability, specificity, and the choice of levels of explanation”. Biol Philos 25:287–318
Useful additional reading:
• Chalmers, A. F. What Is This Thing Called Science (Third Edition). Queensland: University of Queensland Press, 1999.
• M. H. Salmon, J. Earman, C. Glymor and J. Lennox (eds), Introduction to the Philosophy of Science, Hackett Pub Co Inc; 1 edition (1999)
• Hacking, Ian. An Introduction to Probability and Inductive Logic. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.