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PHIL 7463 Science, Values and Metaphysics (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

Many have claimed that science provides us with something like a "worldview." Is this correct? Taking an exchange between Wilfrid Sellars and Bas van Fraassen on the "scientific image of the world" as its theme, this course will critically examine contemporary perspectives on naturalism, physicalism, empiricism, reductionism, scientism, and other views often associated with science. How do such views relate to science and what is their status? Be prepared to read quite different perspectives on how developments in science shape, constrain, and interact with philosophical reflection, with religious commitments, and with common sense pictures of the world and of ourselves.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Daniel McKaughan

Prerequisites: For graduate students.

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17