Main Themes in the Philosophy of Modern Science and Technology
Welcome to Main Themes in the Philosophy of Modern Science and Technology (STS 5305). This web site serves Jim Collier's section of the course (CRN 88668) for fall 2016.
This course will address central issues in both the philosophy of science and in the philosophy of technology. These issues include the demarcation of science and pseudo-science, the nature of scientific reasoning, the formation, structure and explanatory role of scientific theories, the relationship between science and technology, and the status and character of artifacts. We will read widely within the canon of the philosophy science, including Ayer, Popper, and Laudan, and take up the burgeoning literature in the philosophy of technology, including Feenberg, Jarvie, and Simon. Our focus will be on how philosophers define problems, form questions and pose arguments regarding modern science and technology.