Gnoseology and Epistemology

Course Code :1020FLWFID
Study domain:Philosophy and Ethics
Academic year:2020-2021
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Bert Leuridan
Jan Potters
Thomas Lodewyckx

3. Course contents *

Chapter 1: the aim of science (+ overview of different philosophical views on this topic).

Part I, Chapters 2-4: correlations and causal relations, research designs for the discovery of causal relations (randomized experiments, prospective designs, retrospective designs, animal experiments and simulations).

Part II, Chapters 5-8: laws, confirmation and falsification, the nature and construction of scientific theories, paradigms.

Part III, Chapters 9-11: social and societal aspects of science; science and gender.

Part IV, Chapters 12-14: the relation between science and (i) religion, (ii) normative ethics and (iii) metaphysics.

Part V, Chapters 15-16: history vs pseudo-history and medicine vs pseudo-medicine. Chapter 17: the epistemological status of mathematics.



Erasmus students who don't speak Dutch can get reading assignments, based on 

Godfrey-Smith, p. (2003), Theory and Reality, University of Chicago Press.