ESCI 444A (H01) - Philosophy of Earth Science

Hon/Philosphy of Earth Science

Durham   Engineering&Physical Sciences > Earth Sciences
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2020 - Full Term (01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020)
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 56467
Course provides an introduction to the discipline of Philosophy of Science, but from an Earth Science perspective. Considers various philosophical perspectives on the nature of science and scientific progress, drawing from works by thinkers such as Aristotle, Popper, Kuhn and Lakatos. Particular attention is given to the following questions: What is scientific knowledge? Is the acquisition of scientific knowledge a rational process? And, what makes some scientific discoveries "revolutionary"? These questions are considered using examples from the history of scientific progress in the Earth Sciences, focusing on groundbreaking discoveries such as the age of the earth, the evolution of organisms as observed in the fossil record, sea-floor spreading, and modern-day global warming.
Only the following students: Honors Program
Attributes: Inquiry (Discovery), Honors course, Environment,Tech&Society(Disc)
Instructors: Rosemarie Came

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/21/2020 5/4/2020 TR 9:40am - 11:00am JAMS 216

Booklist

Book Details
MAP THAT CHANGED THE WORLD,P.S.ED (09)
by WINCHESTER
Required
ISBN
9780061767906
PUBLISHER
HARP PUB
STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS (4TH 12)
by KUHN
Required
ISBN
9780226458120
PUBLISHER
UCP
WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED SCIENCE? (4TH 13)
by CHALMERS
Required
ISBN
9781624660382
PUBLISHER
HACKETT
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