Universität Wien FIND

180103 SE Philosophy of science (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 08.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 15.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 22.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 12.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 19.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 26.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 03.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 10.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 17.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 31.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 07.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 14.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 21.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 28.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course is an introduction to philosophy of science, covering central issues from both historical and contemporary philosophy of science. Having taken the course, participants should be familiar with the main topics and theories within philosophy of science. Besides being introduced to the central questions from – and a bit of history of – philosophy of science, students will be able to participate in discussions, understand, and critically reflect upon ongoing debates. In addition to general philosophy of science topics, examples from different special sciences will be addressed.

Method of the course: seminar, i.e. presentations and discussion of texts. Students will co-chair sessions, prepare text-based assignments and presentations at home, discuss and present in class, and write a thesis-oriented seminar paper.

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment will be based on: active participation (20%), home-assignments (20%), co-chairing of a session (10%), and a seminar-paper (50%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Participants of this course should be familiar with the central topics from philosophy of science, be able to understand, discuss, and critically reflect upon historical and contemporary issues within philosophy of science. Two unauthorized absences will be excused. By registering for this course/seminar, you tacitly agree to having all your electronic submissions checked by the plagiarism detection software Turnitin.

Examination topics

What is science?; induction, deduction, abduction;logical positivism; causality; laws of nature; explanations; Popper, Kuhn & their critics; scientific realism; models, idealizations, abstractions; reduction and emergence; scientific understanding and representation; Bayesianism: learning & evidence; philosophical problems in the special sciences.

Reading list

- Samir Okasha, 2002, Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press.
- Peter Godfrey-Smith, 2003, Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science, University of Chicago Press.
- Additional articles and texts will be announced in the seminar and on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

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