Seminar on Philosophy of Natural Sciences

lfilo2930  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar on Philosophy of Natural Sciences
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5 credits
30.0 h
Guay Alexandre (coordinator); Verdée Peter;
Main themes
The seminar will focus on a theme in the area of the philosophy of natural science, to be determined by its members in relation to research projects they are currently involved with. Active participation at seminar meetings is strongly encouraged. Professors and researchers from the UCL interested in the topic and specialists in the topic from outside the UCL may participate in the seminar.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

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The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
This year’s topic is: scientific explanation. The course will be centered around three hot topics in the current literature on philosophy of scientific explanation.
Mechanism and complex systems 
Mathematical explanation
Scientific understanding
The students are asked to put together, as a group, a two-hour presentation on each of these topics.
Teaching methods
This student-led course consists of:
6 hours ex cathedra teaching devoted to a quick introduction to the literature on scientific explanation and the three topics
Three times two-hour presentations by students
Workshop sessions to help students in putting together their presentations. Students get to ask questions on the bibliography, the content itself and presentation techniques.
Evaluation methods
The presentations by the students and the written preparation of the presentation will count as the final evaluation. There is no exam during the June exam session. In August, there will be an open book oral exam on the three central topics.
Other information
Online resources
See course Moodle website.
Les étudiants intéressés par une brève introduction au sujet peuvent consulter Bonnay, «L’explication scientifique», Précis de Philosophie des Sciences, éd. Barberousse, Bonnay, Cozic (2011, Vuibert).
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Philosophy

Certificat universitaire en philosophie (approfondissement)