Scientific Thought II

Schedule and Lecture Notes

Spring 2010

Date What's on Quizzes
Jan 20 Lecture 1: Hume on induction
22 Lecture 2: Popper's deductive method
25 Lecture 3: Popper on auxiliary hypotheses
27 Lecture 4: Kuhn on anomalies Quiz 1
29 Lecture 5: Laplace on probability
Feb 1 Lecture 6: Keynes's concept of probability
3 Lecture 7: Keynes on the principle of indifference
5 Lecture 8: Keynes's response to the contradictions Quiz 2
8 Lecture 9: Maher on inductive probability
10 Lecture 10: Maher on justification of induction
12 Lecture 11: Maher on physical probability
15 Lecture 12: Maher on the law of likelihood Quiz 3
17 Review (discussion of the questions for exam 1)
19 Exam 1
22 No class
24 Lecture 13: Black's theory of lime
26 Lecture 14: Black's explanation of known facts
Mar 1 Lecture 15: Meyer's theory of lime; Black's experiments
3 Lecture 16: Black, Meyer, and the law of likelihood Quiz 4
5 Lecture 17: Darwin on artificial and natural selection
8 Lecture 18: Darwin on the history of life
10 Lecture 19: Darwin on geographic distribution of species
12 Lecture 20: Darwin on similarities between species Quiz 5
15 Lecture 21: Einstein's definitions of position and time
17 Lecture 22: Einstein's two principles
19 Lecture 23: Einstein on the relativity of length and time
29 Lecture 24: Einstein on general relativity Quiz 6
31 Review (discussion of the questions for exam 2)
Apr 2 Exam 2
5 No class
7 Lecture 25: Hume on causation
9 Lecture 26: Mill on laws and causes
12 Lecture 27: Lange on previous accounts of laws
14 Lecture 28: Lange on counterfactuals and laws Quiz 7
16 Lecture 29: Woodward on manipulation and causation
19 Lecture 30: Woodward on total and direct causes
21 Lecture 31: Woodward on actual causes
23 Lecture 32: Woodward on interventions and counterfactuals Quiz 8
26 Lecture 33: Carnap on theory and observation
28 Lecture 34: Carnap on the empirical content of theories
30 Lecture 35: Lewis on theoretical terms and realizations
May 3 Lecture 36: Lewis's definition of theoretical terms Quiz 9
5 Review (discussion of the questions for exam 3)
12 Exam 3 at 1:30pm in the usual classroom