PHIL40001 Realism, Relativism and Naturalism
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:
Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide detailsStandard
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 2 |
Total Time Commitment: 10
Admission to a Postgraduate Diploma or fourth-year honours in Philosophy or in History and Philosophy of Science or the the Master of Arts in Science, Communication and Society; or admission to a Postgraduate Diploma or fourth-year honours in another area with the permission of the subject coordinator.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:|| |
Knowledge gained in a 3 year undergraduate degree or a Graduate Diploma.
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|Core Participation Requirements:||For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. |
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|Subject Overview:|| |
The focus of this class will be the relationship between knowledge and reality in the context of the epistemology and metaphysics of science. Our point of departure will be the apparent conflict between science and common sense that Wilfrid Sellars characterizes in terms of the opposition between the scientific and the manifest image. Some philosophers treat common sense as epistemically and ontologically foundational. Others see it as subject to cultural variation or as 'stone-age metaphysics' to be eliminated with the advance of scientific knowledge. Our exploration of the tension between science and common sense will lead us to consider the debate between realism and anti-realism in the philosophy of science, as well as recent developments involving naturalistic conceptions of epistemic warrant.
|Objectives:||Students who successfully complete this subject will: |
|Assessment:||A 5000-word research essay 100% (due at the end of semester).|
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A reading list will be issued at the beginning of semester.
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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|Generic Skills:||Students who successfully complete this subject will: |
|Links to further information:||http://www.pasi.unimelb.edu.au/|
|M.A.History & Philosophy of Science (Advanced Seminars & Shorter Thesis) |
Master of Arts (Science, Communication and Society)
| History and Philosophy of Science |
History && Philosophy of Science
History and Philosophy of Science