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Theory and Method - Philosophy, 10.0 c

Course code:5FT059, Report code:50800, 33%, DAG, NML
week: 36 - 02 Semester: Autumn 2020 (2020-08-31 - 2021-01-17)

This course is part of a joint section.

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Philosophical research usually produces conceptual, not empirical results. Thus philosophical research does not usually establish how society develops or how humans in general or scientist in particular act. It rather establishes, for instance, when a group can be called a society, how humans or scientists in particular should act, or what makes us human in the first place. Formal work in philosophy typically revolves around the interpretation of known formalisms or results, although some philosophers also develop their own formalisms, for instance in logic or mathematics, to express their philosophical ideas.

Students can work on topics and questions such as the following: Ethical questions in engineering, technology, computing, science, business, and economics. The role of technology in living a good life. The nature of mathematics and statistics. Can there be alternatives to our kinds of mathematics and statistics? Is engineering knowledge different from scientific knowledge? Is all of science reducible to physics? Do computer simulations provide knowledge? Do they provide justifications?

As described in the syllabus for the course, the synopsis supervision does not need to lead to a summary of the essay to be written in the spring semester.  This is a possible outcome, but the synopsis can also focus on the methodology to be applied in the essay with just a list of possible topics for the essay.

Meeting times

Meeting Day Time
1: Introduction 14 September 15:15-17:00
2: Discussion - Essays 2 October 13:15-17:00
3: Discussion - Articles and Essays 15 October 15:15-17:00
4: Discussion - Articles and Essays 5 November 10:15-12:00, 13:15-15:00
5: Discussion - Articles and Essays 23 November 15:15-17:00
6: Synopsis Defense 11 December 13:15-17:00

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