Philosophy of Science

Spring, 2011
Curtis Brown

Course Information



Paper Information

Review for the Midterm Exam

Handouts below are from the previous offering of the course; I will update them as the semester progresses.

Possible Topics for Presentations and Papers

Possible Questions for the Midterm Exam

Review for the Final Exam

Possible Questions for the Final Exam


Introduction: What is the Aim of Science?

Demarcation 1: Some demarcation proposals

Demarcation 2: Creation Science Readings

Hempel's Model of Explanation (includes discussion of criticisms and alternatives)

van Fraassen on Explanation

Some Arguments for Scientific Realism

Realism and Constructive Empiricism

Fine on the Natural Ontological Attitude


The Semantic Conception of Theories


Logic Symbols (some of the essays in our text use logical symbolism; here's a quick overview)

Probability: A Quick Introduction (pdf)

Bayes's Theorem and the Philosophy of Science (pdf)

Bayesian Theory Evaluator (Java applet)

Experimental "Learning Object" on Bayes' Theorem (in progress, but there's a fair amount there)

Notes on Kuhn, Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Science and Values

Modern Physics and Metaphysics

Sociology of Science: Haack and Latour


Last update: February 14, 2011
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