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Philosophy 260

Science and Society

Credits: 3:

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4 hours

Prerequisite: 12 Credits

Corequisite: English 100​

Text: a) G. Barker and P. Kitcher. Philosophy of Science.Chs 1-6. Oxford UP, 2014; b) T. Kuhn. The Copernican Revolution. Chs 1-7. Harvard UP, 1957.

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the history and philosophy of science.

Course Outline:

The history of the Copernican Revolution
Demarcating science from non-science
Confirmation of scientific theories
The nature of scientific theories
The nature of scientific explanation
The goals of science
Science in society
Critiques of science
Science and politics


Assignments 50%
Midterm 20%
Final Exam 30%


Selman Halabi, B.SC. (Toronto), M.A (York)
Kent Schmor, B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (Pennsylvania), Ph.D. (Illinois Chicago)

Transferability: See