Linked Lenses: Science, Philosopy, and the Pursuit of Knowledge

HNR 350 - Linked Lenses: Science, Philosopy, and the Pursuit of Knowledge

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2017
Class #: 33494
Section: M001
Credits: 3

Profs. Samuel Gorovitz and Cathryn Newton

Counts toward:
HNR Nat Sci, Interdisciplinary

Course Time(s):
MW 12:45 - 2:05 pm


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.