Philosophy of Science

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Philosophy of Science

Spring 2022

Taught By: Berker Basmaci

Section: A

CRN: 10708

Credits: 4

This course will consider the fundamental problems of the philosophy of science by investigating the emergence and fate of Logical Positivism in 20th Century, which held that only scientific knowledge is publicly legitimate and physics is the paradigmatic science. In the first part, we will study how the modern scientific worldview as developed by Carnap, Ayer and Popper differentiates itself from other forms of knowing, most notably from religion and metaphysics while unearthing the historical roots of their arguments in figures like Descartes, Hume and Kant. We will see how the scientific method historically perfected itself by incorporating skepticism into its very notion of truth. In the second part, we will test the viability of this modern scientific worldview against the criticisms and challenges brought to it by scientists and philosophers like Heisenberg, Heidegger, Adorno, Kuhn and Latour. In the third part, we will engage with some contemporary debates in the sciences, such as the 'hard problem of consciousness' and the problematic status of the concept of life.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:47am 5/20/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 704

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/12/2022