Undergraduate Module Descriptor


PHL3100: Knowledge and History: Theories of Scientific Change

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Overview

NQF Level6
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Staffan Muller-Wille (Lecturer)

Pre-requisites

PHL1005A

Co-requisites

None

Available via distance learning

No

Epistemology, the philosophical theory of knowledge and how it is acquired.  This module will introduce you to some major trends of twentieth-century epistemology. Rapid progress in the sciences has confronted epistemology with a fundamental problem: How can it accommodate its traditional task of describing conditions for acquiring 'true' knowledge while the sciences continually progress? The module will acquaint you with some prominent answers to this problem (positivism, sociology of knowledge, historical epistemology). It will present a perspective on epistemology that overcomes the existing divides between analytical and continental philosophy.  You will require basic skills in the formal analysis of arguments as learned at a previous level to succeed in this module.  It will build on knowledge from PHL1005A ‘Evidence and Argument’ the pre-requisite to this module. The module is suitable for philosophy students with an interest in the philosophy of science, but will also appeal to students from other disciplines with an interest in the social and cultural history of science.

Module created

01/10/2005

Last revised

14/02/2012