Universität Wien FIND

180127 KU Synthetic Biology and Biological Possibility (2019W)

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

Moodle; Tu 12.11. 09:45-11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock

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max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

An unexcused absence in the first class-session means that you lose your place in class. Should you for any reason be unable to attend the first session, please write to david.wagner@univie.ac.at !

Tuesday 08.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 15.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 22.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 29.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 05.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 19.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 26.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 03.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 10.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 17.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 07.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 14.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 21.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 28.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Prevalent approaches to contemporary philosophy of science (especially the so-called new mechanism in the philosophy of the life sciences) are often characterized by an actualist tendency. In this paradigm, scientific activities like explanation and model-building are seen as geared towards a better understanding of already existing actual natural or social phenomena. However, due to massive technological advancements in biotechnology in recent years, biology has become more explorative in nature. Especially in the emerging field of synthetic biology, scientists are not only interested in the actual biological world, but also in possible but as-of-yet unactualized forms of it.

The course provides a short overview of some of the basic issues in contemporary philosophy of biology. This work is then contrasted with new results in synthetic biology and recent work in the philosophy of biological engineering. Having taken the course the students are able to identify and critically discuss key themes in contemporary philosophy of biology, especially ones related to explanation, modeling, engineering and the epistemology and metaphysics of modalities.

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

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment is based on attendance, class participation and assignments.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

1. Active participation to the seminar
2. Reflections of readings submitted to Moodle 24 hours before the class (every other week)
3. Chairing class discussion
4. Presenting an article of your own choosing in the class

Examination topics

Reading list

The full list of readings will be given at the first lecture.

Association in the course directory

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