History and philosophy of sciences

A.Y. 2019/2020
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
SSD
FIS/08 M-FIL/02 M-STO/05
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with the basics of epistemology and general philosophy of science as well as with the essential traits of the most significant debates that have shaped it. An interdisciplinary approach will be applied and examples from various scientific disciplines and their history will be examined during classes.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the study path, the graduate
1. masters the basic concepts and fundamental themes characterising philosophy of science
2. knows the fundamental elements of science methodology and can connect them with appropriate historical cases.
3. knows the characterizing steps in the development of the theory of evolution

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
At the end of the study path, the graduate
1. can critically analyze a text concerning past scientific problems as well as in epistemology and philosophy of science, with particular regard to the life sciences
2. can discern the various kinds of scientific reasoning and understand the validity of arguments brought by her/his own and others
can analyze debates within the philosophy of science with appropriate historical connections
3. can apply the methodological tools acquired to solve theoretical and practical problems
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