JPH courses are offered jointly by the Philosophy Department and the IHPST. Either of the following courses may satisfy the philosophy of science requirement for a Master’s degree:
An introduction to the subject, focusing on central issues in the metaphysics and epistemology of the sciences. These include the nature of scientific knowledge and theories, various forms of realism and antirealism and questions raised by debates surrounding them (the semantics of theoretical terms, the underdetermination of theory by data, the possibility of scientific progress, the notion of approximate truth), and topics such as abstraction and idealization, modelling, and the possibility of reductionism. We will also consider perspectives offered by the sociology of scientific knowledge and feminist critiques. Sessions will combine lectures, student presentations, and discussions of classic and contemporary literature.