Course: Philosophy of Science

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Course title Philosophy of Science
Course code KFL/FV
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course content
Lectures: 1. Introduction; what is philosophy; the relationship between science and philosophy 2. 17th century revolution; the emergence of scientific philosophy 3. Hume, Kant; limits of human reason 4. Mechanistic philosophy and its problems 5. Process thought and evolutionism 6. Darwins' dangerous idea; problems of modern evolutionary theory 7. Positivism and logical empirism 8. Einsteinian revolution in physics - its general consequences 9. Collapse of Positivism - how does the science really work? 10. Systems theory; philosophical consequences of cybernetics 11. Introduction: philosophical problems of quantum physics 12. Understanding the life - philosophical problems of life 13. Philosophical problems of technology and nanotechnology 14. Transhumanism and Posthumanism Seminars (discussing selected chapters from books): 1. Alexandre Koyré: From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe 2. David Hume: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding 3. Gideon Freudenthal: Atom and Individual in the Age of Newton 4. Ernst Mayr: What Evolution Is: From Theory to Fact 5. Francois Jacob: The Logic of Life 6. Gerald Holton: Thematic Origins of Scientific Thought: Kepler to Einstein 7. Gerald Holton: Einstein for the 21st century: His Legacy in Science, Art and Modern Culture 8. Alfred N. Whitehead: Adventures of Ideas 9. Fritjof Capra: The Web of Life 10. Georges Canguilhem: Knowledge of Life 11. Joachim Schummer and Davis Baird: Nanotechnology Challenges 12. Michio Kaku: The Future of Humanity

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Learning outcomes

Assessment methods and criteria
active participation in seminars seminar work in the range of 6 standard pages (the topic of the seminar work must be consulted with the teacher)
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