History and philosophy of sciences

A.Y. 2017/2018
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
SSD
FIS/08 M-FIL/02 M-STO/05
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
Lectures aim at discussing the main themes in the methodology and philosophy of the natural sciences through examples from the history of physics, mathematics, and life sciences, including the theory of evolution and medicine. In particular, we will focus on the patterns subtending the conceptual change within the scientific development and its history; moreover, we will consider some theories of the conceptual change in the sciences which have emerged in the philosophy and historiography of science during the 20th century with reference to specific case studies.
Expected learning outcomes
Undefined
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Part 1. Basic elements of general philosophy of science and history of science
· S. Okasha, Philosophy of Science. A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2002 (chap. I-VI).
· Additional material will be discussed during the lectures. It will be available on the on-line platform "Ariel".

Part 2. The conceptual change and the history of syphilis
· E. Mayr, What Makes Biology Unique?, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2004.
· Additional material will be discussed during the lectures. It will be available on the on-line platform "Ariel".

Prerequisites and examination procedures: Oral exam.

Teaching Methods: Frontal lectures, occasionally with Powerpoint.

Language of instruction: Italian

Recommended Prerequisites: None

Program information: PPT-Slides will be available on the on-line platform "Ariel"; the program and a detailed Syllabus are published on the course Web pages.

WEB pages: Teacher's homepage: http://www.filosofia.unimi.it/guzzardi/
FIS/08 - PHYSICS TEACHING AND HISTORY OF PHYSICS - University credits: 0
M-FIL/02 - LOGIC AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE - University credits: 0
M-STO/05 - HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - University credits: 0
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Guzzardi Luca
Professor(s)
Reception:
Wednesday, 10.30-13.30. (During Coronavirus-emergency, student meetings only per MS Teams; please, contact me in advance, should you prefer other platforms, e.g. Skype)
Department of Philosophy