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PHIL 363W: Get Real! Debating Scientific Realism in Contemporary Philosophy, History, and STS

This course is a discussion seminar for graduate students, focusing on work published since 2000. It hypothesizes that recent work on scientific realism does not respect the boundaries that were established by twentieth-century "science wars." We will read philosophers of science who embrace metaphysics and some historicism; and we will read historians of science who condemn Lysenkoism and are realists about climate change. We will debate whether postmodern anthropological critique has been adopted by neoconservatives and "run out of steam." And we will engage with ambitious projects to build a feminist realism that embraces modern physics. Students from all departments are welcome. Undergraduates admitted by instructor's permission.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 4 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
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