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180176 KU Mechanistic philosophy of science (2019S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

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max. 30 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Mittwoch 13.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 20.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 27.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 03.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 10.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 08.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 15.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 22.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 29.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 05.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 12.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 19.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 26.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock

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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

CONTENT:
Mechanistic philosophy has been the main paradigm of philosophy of biology for two decades. Recently, it has become increasingly under attack. Especially new modeling approaches within biological research such as network analysis and dynamic systems theory have challenged the mechanistic approach.

OBJECTIVES:
The course provides a comprehensive view into the recent discussion of mechanisms, especially within philosophy of biology and neuroscience. Having taken the course the students are able to follow the state-of-art discussion of mechanisms in philosophy of science. Through the discussion of the mechanistic philosophy, the students will also become familiar with other philosophical topics, such as explanation, causality, reductionism and unification.

METHODS:
Close reading and critical discussion of the literature (concepts, themes, arguments), written reflections of the articles, (co-)chairing the group discussion, and a short group presentation of an article of interest.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

ASSESSMENT:
Assessment is based on attendance, class participation and weekly assignments.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
1. Active participation to the seminar
2. Reflections of weekly readings submitted to Moodle 24 hours before the class
3. Chairing class discussion
4. Presenting an article of your own choosing in the class

Prüfungsstoff

Literatur

BOOK:
Craver, Carl (2007). Explaining the Brain. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

JOURNAL ARTICLES (in Moodle)
Baetu, T. M. (2015). The completeness of mechanistic explanations. Philosophy of Science, 82(5), 775-786.

Drukarch et al. (2018). Thinking about the nerve impulse: A critical analysis of the electricity-centered conception of nerve excitability. Progress in Neurobiology.

Green, S., Şerban, M., Scholl, R., Jones, N., Brigandt, I., & Bechtel, W. (2017). Network analyses in systems biology: New strategies for dealing with biological complexity. Synthese1-27.

Knuuttila, T. T., & Loettgers, A. (2013). Synthetic modeling and the mechanistic account: Material recombination and beyond. Philosophy of Science, 80(5), 874-885.

Levy, A., & Bechtel, W. (2013). Abstraction and the organization of mechanisms. Philosophy of Science, 80(2), 241-261.

Love, A. C., & Nathan, M. J. (2015). The idealization of causation in mechanistic explanation. Philosophy of Science, 82(5), 761-774.

Machamer, P., Lindley, D., & Craver, C. F. (2000). Thinking about mechanisms. Philosophy of Science, 67(1), 1-25.

Rathkopf, C. 2018. “Network Representation and Complex Systems.” Synthese 195:55-8.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 05.08.2019 11:28