Philosophy of science

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-FIL/02
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 course, the student
1. masters the basic concepts and fundamental themes characterising philosophy of science
2. knows the fundamental elements of science methodology.
3. can discern the various kinds of scientific reasoning and understand the validity of arguments brought by her/his own and others.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, the student
1. can critically analyze a text in epistemology and philosophy of science
2. can analyze debates within the philosophy of science
3. can outline the state of the art in relation to a problem in this discipline
4. can apply the methodological tools acquired to solve theoretical and practical problems.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
In the emergency didactic phase, the program will be preserved with some modifications in order that students can conveniently experience the on-line course.

Teaching methods:
A "Team of philosophy of science" will be created in a MS Teams environment; students will be asked to register. The course will be held online through synchronous lectures on MS Teams, with the exception of some asynchronous lessons (audio PowerPoint lectures). MS Teams lectures will be recorded and made available to the registered students. Didactic activity will include group activities as well as online forum discussions.

Lecture schedule and all the details of the activities will be published in the online course. Any updates will be communicated through announcements on the Team of philosophy of science (in any case, the e-mail account @studenti.unimi.it ought to be read frequently).

Reference materials:
In addition to the course bibliography, students must refer to all the lessons, materials and resources that are published in the online course. No difference is made between attending and non-attending students.

Learning verification procedures and assessment criteria:
The exam consists of a preliminary written and an oral examination.
The written test will be carried out in Moodle environment associated with Safe Exam Browser.
The oral examination will take place in a dedicated channel on MS Teams, according to the indications provided by the University. The exam details and schedule are published in a specific channel of the Team of philosophy of science.

Assessment criteria are expounded on the instructor's Website: http://www.filosofia.unimi.it/guzzardi/index.php/2019/02/15/modalita-de…
Course syllabus
The course is structured in three parts. The first one provides students with the basics of epistemology and the general philosophy of science as well as with the essential traits of their most significant debates. To make students familiar with philosophical-scientific reasoning, in the second part of the course those elements are discussed in light of a classic in the philosophy of science: Paul k. Feyerabend's "Against Method". The third part deals with the notion of "form of life" in Wittgenstein and its development as a means for analyzing scientific practice.
Prerequisites for admission
Specific preliminary notions are not required. However, it is assumed that students have a secondary school knowledge of the basics of mathematics and physics as well as biology.
Teaching methods
Frontal lectures, live and on-line group activities, discussions. When appropriate, a multimedia, approach is employed (e.g. PowerPoint). If possible, compulsory as well as optional didactic materials (e.g. slides discussed during classes) are uploaded on the Ariel page of the course (https://lguzzardifs.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/).
Teaching Resources
No English literature is provided. For substitute select bibliography for non-Italian speakers, please contact the teacher.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Preliminary written + oral test: The exam consists of a preliminary written and an oral examination. The latter can be only taken by students who have passed the written test. This is structured in multiple choice questions on the first part and open questions on the second part; the oral test concerns the third part only (see the detailed course program and relevant bibliography.)
As for the exam, no distinction is made between attending and non-attending students.
Programs expire after 13 months since the end of classes.
The exam procedure is thoroughly explained during the first lecture and published on the teacher's Website: http://www.filosofia.unimi.it/guzzardi/index.php/2019/02/15/modalita-de….
Unita' didattica A
M-FIL/02 - LOGIC AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-FIL/02 - LOGIC AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-FIL/02 - LOGIC AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Thursday 10.30-13.30. Vacation period: 25/7 until 4/9
Department of Philosophy