8241004Philosophy and History of Science (Seminars)

Numbering Code G-LET32 78241 SJ34 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Fri.3
Instructor name ISEDA TETSUJI (Graduate School of Letters Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course Philosophy of space and time is one of the traditional themes in philosophy of physics. Even though professional knowledge in general theory of relativity is required for conducting serious research in this field, an introductory textbook suffices to have basic understanding of what are the main issues here. In this class we use Tim Maudlin's textbook for such basic understanding of philosophy of space and time.
Course Goals To understand what are the issues discussed in philosophy of space and time, and to be able to examine main positions critically.
Schedule and Contents We read the following book by turns, and discuss the content.
Maudlin, T. (2012) Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time. Princeton University Press.

The basic format of the class is as follows: we read approximately 15 pages of the reading in one meeting, and have some discussion. A student (or a team of students) is responsible for a presentation that introduces the reading to the meeting (the assignment is done beforehand).

The class structure is:
Introduction (1 meeting)
Student presentations (13 meetings)
wrap-up (1 meeting)
Evaluation Methods and Policy The evaluation will be based on the class presentation(s) and the final paper (50% each). The points of view of the evaluation are: correct understanding of the assigned part and its appropriate introduction for class presentation(s), and correct understanding of the chosen part and its appropriate critical examination for the final paper.
Course Requirements 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.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) All the participants are expected to read the assigned reading before each class. The presenter prepares a several A4 pages of handout that summarizes the assigned part before the class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Relevant parts of the above-mentioned book will be distributed in the class.
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