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Philosophy of Science I
The problem of physical truth

lecture course
Monday 14:00 - 15:30   Room 208
(This semester the lectures will be given in HUNGARIAN)


The course provides an introduction to modern analytic philosophy of science. I shall focus on the central epistemological problems concerning empirical sciences like physics; and I shall dicuss these issues on a formal/logical basis.


Basic Reading:
  • Samir Okasha: Philosophy of Science - A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press 2002
Suggested Readings:
  • L. E. Szabó: Mathematical facts in a physicalist ontology, Parallel Processing Letters, 22 (2012) 1240009 (12 pages), DOI: 10.1142/S0129626412400099 [preprint]
  • L. E. Szabó: Formal Systems as Physical Objects: A Physicalist Account of Mathematical Truth, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 17 (2003) pp. 117 – 125 (preprint: PDF)
  • Donald Gillies: Philosophy of Science in the Twentieth Century - Four Central Themes. (Oxford: Blackwell 1993)

Credit requirements
:
  • Philosophy undergraduates can pass the exam only from the material of Okasha's book
  • Science Faculty and Computer Science Faculty students can pass the exam only from the material of the lectures
  • PhD and MA students must prepare from Okasha's book + the complete material of the lectrures, including the more formal approaches too.
  • PhD students, in addition, must write a 5-10 page course paper in English, arguing against  the main theses I am proposing in the lecture course


2011-11-14




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