Philosophy of Science in Japanese Context: Advanced Introduction to Philosophy of Science

Course Type: Lecture
Study Focus: KBRSEG
Term: Spring

Teacher: ISEDA Tetsuji

Course Code: JK12001

The aim of this special lecture is to introduce the participants into the field of philosophy of science through lectures focusing on classic and basic papers in the field.



More concretely, In the first half of the class, we read classic papers of Mill, Whewell, Popper, Grunbaum and others. Lectures on the background of the papers will be given. In the latter half of the class, we pick up several areas in philosophy of science that attract attention recently. We read related basic literature and there will be lectures on the background, relationship with contemporary issues (especially implications in Japanese context) of the readings. Through such readings and lectures, this class try to show the breadth of the field of philosophy of science.


Course Information

Module: Focus 1 – Foundations
CATS Requirements: None.

Day/Period: Fri/2
Location: Sem. 2
Credits: 2

No background is required, but if you are not familiar with philosophy of science in general, please read some introductory book by yourself. Okasha’s introductory book (Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction) is recommended.


Course Goals

To be able to explain the historical background and basic issues of the field of philosophy of science. To be able to connect ideas in philosophy of science to various contemporary issues.

Course Schedule and Evaluation

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS.

The evaluation will be based on two papers (50% each). The points of view of the evaluation are the understanding of the content of the class and appropriate application of the understanding to concrete cases.