We will explore philosophical questions about the nature of science, such as: When does evidence count for or against a scientific theory? What does it take for a theory to be explanatory? Should we believe that our best scientific theories are true (or approximately true), or only that they are predictively successful? What does it take for a truth to count as a law of nature?
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
2x1250wd essay (50%), 1x2000wd take-home exam (40%), tutorial participation (10%)
(12 junior credit points in Philosophy) or (12 junior credit points in History and Philosophy of Science (HPSC))