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?
The evaluation will take the form of a written exam.
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