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Philosophy of Science I
A physicalist account of physical theory

Hungarian title: Tudományfilozófia I. - A fizikai elméletek fizikalista értelmezése

This semester the lectures will be given in English
. (The exam can be taken in English or Hungarian.)

lecture course
Fri 14:00-15:30, Room 221(Múzeum krt. 4/i)

First lecture: 18 September

Codes:

BBN-FIL- 315
BBN-FIL- 401
BMA-FILD-401
BBV-020
BMVD-020
BMA-LOTD-205
XXXN9525
TANM-FIL-401

Azoknak, akik a BBN-FIL-315 kódon veszik fel a kurzust, gyenge előfeltételként teljesíteniük kell a Tudományfilozófia szemináriumot a BBN-FIL-316 kódon!

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 discuss these issues on a formal/logical basis. Finally I sketch a naturalized philosophy of science based on what I call physicalist philosophy of mathematics -- an account for scientific knowledge, both a priori and empirical, within a purely physicalist ontology. 


Readings:
  1. Samir Okasha: Philosophy of Science - A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press 2002
  2. Thomas Uebel: Vienna Circle, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2013 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.) (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/vienna-circle/)
  3. John Vickers: The Problem of Induction, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2013 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.) (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/induction-problem/)
  4. Robert Sinclair: Quine’s Philosophy of Science, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://www.iep.utm.edu/quine-sc)
  5. L. E. Szabó: Mathematical facts in a physicalist ontology, Parallel Processing Letters, 22 (2012) 1240009 (12 pages), DOI: 10.1142/S0129626412400099 [preprint]
  6. 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)
  7. Vázlatpontok a fizikai elméletek fizikalista értelmezéséhez, In Zvolenszky Zs. et al. (szerk.), Nehogy érvgyűlölők legyünk -- Tanulmánykötet Máté András 60. születésnapjára, L'Harmattan, Bp. 2013, p. 122--129. (PDF)
  8. T. Kuhn: Scientific Revolutions, in The Philosophy of Science, R. Boyd et al. (eds.), MIT Press 1991, pp. 139-157.
  9. Széljegyzetek Kuhn könyvéhez (E. Szabó): 

Records and the slides of the lectures will be available.

Credit requirements
:
  • Philosophy undergraduates can pass the exam only from the material of Reading 1 + the main material of the lectures
  • 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 Readings 1-7 + the complete material of the lectures, including the more formal approaches too.
  • PhD students, in addition, must write a 5-10 page critical essay (in English) in connection with the main theses I am proposing in the lecture course.


2015-05-31


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Records and slides







Hempel
Schlick


Hilbert
Fine


Ayer
Grünbaum


Gödel
Russell


Bell
Salmon


Carnap
Kant


Kuhn
Lakatos


Cartwright
Lewis

Hume
Reichenbach


Einstein
Friedman


Poincaré
Van Fraassen


Hahn
Mach


Putnam
Quine


Popper
Earman



 
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