070035 VO Lecture - Logic of Science and Logic of History (2018W)
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Examinations only by individual appointment
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
Students are required to pass one final exam at the end of term. Exam papers have the form of brief essays to be prepared in advance and will be supplemented by additional questions at the exam. Topics of essays will be announced about two month in advance of the exam. Registrations for the lecture as well as for tests are required.
The quality of answers will be evaluated on the basis of completeness, clarity of argument, logical reasoning and precision. Answers have to be formulated in complete sentences and are not acceptable if stated in key words only.
Problem situations, problems and solutions discussed in the course
Karl R. Popper, The Logic of Scientific Discovery, Hutchinson, London 1959 (first English edition; later editions are published by Routledge); secs: 1 – 18; any edition can be read.
Karl R. Popper, The Two Fundamental Problems of the Theory of Knowledge, Routledge, London 2011
Karl R. Popper, The Poverty of Historicism, Routledge Kegan & Paul, London 1957 (first English edition; later editions are published by Routledge) any edition can be read.
David Miller, Critical Rationalism: A Restatement and Defence, Open Court, 1994, chaps 1,2,3.
P. Gardiner (ed.), The Philosophy of History, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1974; additional references covering special problems discussed in the lecture will be provided in due course.
Association in the course directory
MA Globalgeschichte: Globalgeschichte: Aufbaumodul Geschichtswissenschaftliches Denken und Arbeiten (4 ECTS) ;
MA HPS: M1.2, M1.3; MA HPS: M3, M4