Universität Wien FIND

180126 SE Philosophy of climate science (2019W)

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

Moodle; Tu 17.12. 16:45-18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock

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max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 15.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 22.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 29.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 05.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 12.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 19.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 26.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 03.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 10.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 07.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 14.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 21.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 28.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

This course studies climate science from the philosophical and societal perspectives. The topics discussed include climate skepticism, and more generally the public debate on climate science. A special emphasis is placed on climate models, and other evidence on climate change, the robustness of this evidence and our confidence on model results. The case of the climate science also introduces students to a host of topics within philosophy of science. The students will be familiarized with the IPCC (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) reports, and their policy implications.

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment: Active participation (20%), homework (20%), chairing a class (10%), and a thesis-oriented essay (50%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Having taken this course, the student is able to understand, and participate in, in a scientifically informed manner, the philosophical discussion of climate science and its societal aspects. The course also seeks to nurture a reflective attitude to the role of modeling in science and science policy.

Examination topics

Reading list

Winsberg, Eric. 2018. Philosophy and Climate Science. Cornwall: Cambridge University Press.

IPCC Report on Climate Change and Land, Ch. 1. (August 2019)

Articles to be announced in the lectures.

Association in the course directory

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