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.
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.
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