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HNR 350 – Linked Lenses: Science, Philosophy and the Pursuit of Knowledge

Course Schedule:

MW 12:45 – 2:05 pm


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Profs. Samuel Gorovitz & Cathryn Newton

Counts toward:

HNR Nat Sci, Interdisciplinary

MySlice Info:

Class #: 48225
Section: M001
# Credits: 3

Course Description:

Science and philosophy each pursues knowledge, by apparently different approaches. But each influences and is influenced by the other. What are the philosophical underpinnings of scientific thought? What are the scientific contributions to philosophical thought? We will consider what we can know, how we can know it, and how different perspectives can interact to sharpen our capacity to increase our knowledge. Readings will be in primary sources by both contemporary and historically important philosophers (e.g., Peirce, Hume, Popper) and scientists (e.g., Darwin, Gould, Margulis). The course will also include examples from the visual and performing arts. This year there will be special emphasis on ocean sciences, including the scientific study of shipwrecks, and on stem cell research. Each student will write a short paper on an individually selected topic and will receive considerable individual mentoring in doing so. Counts as Critical Reflections for the Arts & Sciences Liberal Arts Core.

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