Scientific Philosophy

Philosophy attempts to answer fundamental questions about who we are and the world in which we exist. What do we know to be true and how do we know it? Do right and wrong exist independent of our own personal beliefs? What is consciousness and where does it come from? Though questions like these have riddled humans for thousands of years, it is only since the recent scientific revolution that good answers (though often surprising and counter-intuitive) have been developed. This course uses a variety of readings from twentieth and twenty-first century philosophers to introduce these novel ideas and their discomforting implications. Independent Study contract
An introductory text from Hans Reichenbach.
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Perception
Material Reality
Knowledge and Concepts			
Induction
Deduction
Universals and Beliefs
Facts and Laws
Experimentation
Causality and Determinism
Scientific Theories
The Value of Theory
Positivism
Reductionism
The Origins of Life
Genes and Development
Violence and Kin Selection
Parenting
Reciprocity
Altruism
Ethics
Moral Responsibility
How Brains Think
Origins of Consciousness
Origins of Creativity
Origins of Culture
The Psychology of Religion

  
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