Philosophy

LSC1120A  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Philosophy
2.0 credits
30.0 h
1q

Language
Français
Content

General part

The course will review the main topics of scientific metaphysics, epistemology and ethics from the begining of the 20th century to today. Some of the topics that will be addressed are: the debate about scientific realism, induction and falsification, empirism, the relation between observation and theory, the nature of space and time, causation, laws of nature, reductionism and emergence, ethicacs in science and finally the nature of human in the light of neurosciences. 

Philosophy of animal part

In this section we will explore the folowing questions: Is there a human nature? Are non human animals conscious? What is the extention of animal cognition? What are our obligations towards non human animals?

Teaching methods
This course will be mostly based on traditional lessons. The main method will be the systematic comparison between approaches and positions. Because of the diversity of authors and approaches studied, the students will prepare lessons by carefully reading the suggested materials. Participation during discussions in class will also be essential.
Evaluation methods

The evaluation will take the form of a written exam.

 

Online resources
See Moodle website.
Bibliography

References available on the Moodle website

Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Program title
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Interdisciplinary Advanced Master in Science and Management of the Environment and Sustainable Development
2
-

Bachelor in Bioengineering
2
-

Bachelor in Chemistry
2
-

Bachelor in Geography : General
2
-

Bachelor in Mathematics
2
-

Bachelor in Physics
2
-

Additionnal module in Biology
2
-

Bachelor in Biology
2
-

Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine
2
-