Guay Alexandre; Ruyant Quentin (compensates Guay Alexandre);
The course will review the main topics of scientific metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. Some of the topics that will be addressed are: the notions of observation and experiment in science and how they relate to theories, the debate between scientific realism, instrumentalism and relativim, causation, laws of nature, reductionism and emergence, the nature of mind and its relation to the physical world, ethical concerns about science and technologies in connection with environmental and health issues, questions about the autority of scientific knowledge in the public sphere.
The final evaluation will pertain to the student's understanding of the fundamental concepts
exposed during the lessons. It will consist of a written exam
Le contenu des exposés du professeur se basera pour une large part sur les ouvrages suivants : Philosophie des sciences. Une introduction (M. Esfeld, Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, 2009 [2ème édition]) et La Science et le vivant. Philosophie des sciences et modernité critique (B. Feltz, De Boeck, 2014 [2ème édition]).
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Title of the programme
Bachelor in Geography : General
Bachelor in Physics
Master  in Environmental Science and Management
Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine
Bachelor in Biology
Bachelor in Chemistry
Bachelor in Bioengineering
Bachelor in Mathematics