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Philosophy of Science & Technology

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An examination of the philosophical questions raised by science and technology, particularly the ways that areas such as biology, physics, information technology and robotics affect our understandings of knowledge and knowers. Also, the social and moral implications of varied understandings will be explored. Upon completion, students will be able to trace the history of Western science and technology. They will also be able to describe our shifting understanding of what constitutes science, technology, and truth. They will master the application of terms such as: falsifiability, explanation, anomaly, paradigm, scientific revolution, multiple realizability. They will also be able to characterize the thought of prominent figures such as Einstein, Darwin, Kuhn, Arendt, and others. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or Religious Studies or Permission. Offered alternate fall terms.