This course consists of a philosophical examination of science. The course examines attempts to describe what is distinctive about science, including views concerning scientific methodology. The course also examines the character of scientific change, asking how one should understand the history of science. This examination leads to a discussion of the nature of scientific knowledge, including whether scientific entities should be considered real and what role values play in the development of science. Issues that arise from particular sciences also may be discussed.
Prerequisites: One previous course in Philosophy, or junior standing with a major in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Natural Science, Physics, or Science, Technology, and Society.