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:
This course will look at some classical authors on science, from the renaissance to the 19th century. Sample topics will include: Kepler’s new astronomy and the hypothetical method, Bacon’s experimental science, Descartes’s ideal of a unified science, Newton’s rules of reasoning and the law of gravitation, David Hume on causation, John Herschel’s methods of experimental inquiry, and William Whewell’s philosophy of scientific discovery. Where possible, seminar discussion will focus on the relationship between epistemology and substantive theory and practice.