An accessible and engaging exploration of key questions in philosophy of science.
What is science, and how does it differ from pseudo-science? How can we justify scientific theories, if at all (according to Hume, we can’t)? What role does falsifying theories play in scientific progress (Popper’s Falsificationism)? Could a white shoe confirm that all ravens are black (Hempel: it seems it can!)? What is scientism, and is it a bad thing? What is a scientific explanation?
You will be given accessible and engaging introductions to these key topics, with plenty of illustrative examples.
This lecture series allows those new to the subject to explore and become much more informed about key ideas and arguments. No background knowledge is required.
Please note: this lecture series will close to enrolments at 23:59 BST on 12 October 2023.