Philosophy of Science

Philosophy 128
UC Berkeley
Summer, 2011
155 Barrows Hall

Professor: Paul Skokowski
144 Moses Hall
Office Hours: TBA
Phone: (510) 642-2722
paulsko ~at~ stanford ~dot~ edu

GSI: Kirsten Pickering
kpickering ~at~ berkeley ~dot~ edu

Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Kuhn, The Copernican Revolution
Albert, Quantum Mechanics and Experience
Hacking, Representing and Intervening

Course Reader:
Course Reader Available at Copy Central on Bancroft.

Logical Positivism, Empiricism, and Falsification

Week 1, Tue, July 5:
Introduction and Course Overview
Reader, M. Schlick, Positivism and Realism
Week 1, Wed, July 6:
Reader, C. Hempel, Philosophy of Natural Science, Ch. 1-4
Reader, R. Carnap, The Confirmation of Laws and Theories
Reader, K. Popper, Science: Conjectures and Refutations

Scientific Revolutions

Week 1, Thursday, July 7:
Reader, Lakatos, Falsification and the Methodology of Scientific Research
Structure of Scientific Revolutions, T. Kuhn, Ch I-IV,
Week 2, Tue, July 12:
Structure of Scientific Revolutions, T. Kuhn, Ch V-IX
Week 2: Wed, July 13:
Structure of Scientific Revolutions, T. Kuhn, Ch X-XIII
Week 2: Thursday, July 14:
Reader, Popper, Normal Science and its Dangers
Reader, P. Feyerabend, Consolation for the Specialist
Reader, Masterman, The Nature of a Paradigm
Review of Logical Positivism and Scientific Revolutions
Week 3: Tuesday, July 19:
* * * * MID-TERM EXAM IN CLASS * * * *

Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics

Week 3: Wednesday, July 20:
Albert, Quantum Mechanics and Experience, Ch. 1, Superposition
Albert, Ch. 2, Formalism

Week 3: Thu, July 21:
Albert, Ch. 2, Formalism
Albert, Ch. 3, Nonlocality
Week 4: Tue, July 26:
Albert, Ch. 4, Measurement
Albert, Ch. 5, Collapse of the Wave Function
Week 4: Wednesday, July 27:
Albert, Ch. 6, The Dynamics by Itself
Albert, Ch. 7, Bohm's Theory
Week 4: Thursday, July 28:
Visiting Lecture on QM and Nonlocality by Professor Reed Guy

Realism, Anti-Realism and Reality Testing

Week 5: Tuesday, August 2:
Reader, B. van Fraassen, Arguments Concerning Scientific Realism
Reader, A. Fine, And Not Anti-Realism Either
Week 5: Wed, August 3:
The Copernican Revolution, T. Kuhn, Ch. 1-4
Week 5: Thu, August 4:
The Copernican Revolution, T. Kuhn, Ch. 5-7
Hacking, Representing and Intervening, Cambridge University Press, 1983, p. 1-40
Week 6: Tue, August 9:
Hacking, Representing and Intervening, Cambridge University Press, 1983, p. 41-91
When Explanation Leads to Inference, N. Cartwright, Philosophical Topics, 13(1).
Week 6: Wednesday, August 10:
Realism and Review
Week 6: Thursday, August 11:
* * * * FINAL EXAM IN CLASS * * * *

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