Advanced Studies in the Philosophy of Natural Sciences B

lfilo2241  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Advanced Studies in the Philosophy of Natural Sciences B
5 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2018-2019
Guay Alexandre;
Basic instruction in philosophy of natural science ;
Reading knowledge of English sufficient to allow for study of contemporary texts in the philosophy of natural science.
Main themes
Philosophical analysis of contemporary scientific practices in accordance with a two-fold approach. Methodologically, to ask questions about the applicability and the limits of validity of scientific explanations, relative to other approaches to reality. In terms of content, to learn to see the contributions of natural science as a more general means of comprehending particular phenomena.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


Upon completion of the course the student should be able
- to pose critical questions about the importance and the limits of the validity of natural science
- to connect scientific discourse with other forms of discourse about the same phenomenon


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Chaire Mercier
Progress, True and Values, Prof. Philip Kitcher
Evaluation methods
The evaluation consists of two elements: an in class oral presentation (50% of the final grade) and a personal research essay (50%).
In second session, the evaluation consists of a personal research essay (50%) plus the oral presentation (50%). If the presentation grade is absent or has already been used, this part of the grade will be replaced by an exam.
Other information
Online resources
Moodle website.
Une bibliographie et des textes seront fournis aux étudiants via Moodle.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Philosophy

Master [120] in Philosophy

Master [120] in Environmental Science and Management

Master [120] in Ethics