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Requirements - Bachelor of Arts Degree - Logic and Philosophy of Science Concentration

Units required for the major: 40

The concentration in Logic and Philosophy of Science is designed for students who are interested in the general nature of scientific inquiry and/or philosophical problems that arise within specific fields like psychology, biology, and physics. It is a good choice for the science-oriented philosophy major and will help to prepare those who are interested in studying logic and philosophy of science at the graduate level. This concentration also provides an excellent double major opportunity for science students interested in broadening and deepening their grasp of their chosen field.

The concentration gives students an understanding of logical theory and how logic applies to scientific and philosophical reasoning. It will also provide an understanding of issues in the philosophy of science. These include the nature of scientific explanation, the nature of scientific evidence, and the process of confirming and revising scientific theories. Philosophy of science also explores traditional philosophical questions as they arise in the context of scientific inquiry. Some of these are: Do we really know that the theoretical entities of science exist? What is the difference between science and pseudo-science? Do different sciences give us fundamentally different ways of understanding the world? Is science converging on truth or will it always undergo revolutionary changes that reject widely accepted theories of the past? Does scientific inquiry have intrinsic value or are there questions that scientists should not ask?

A. Lower Division Courses (3-6 units)

(3)

PHIL 60

Symbolic Logic I OR

 

PHIL 61

Inductive Logic

(3)

One of the following may be counted toward the major requirements:

 

PHIL 2

Ethics

 

PHIL 4

Critical Thinking

 

PHIL 6

Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge, World and Self

 

PHIL 26

History of Philosophy

B. Required Upper Division Courses (13 units)

(3)

PHIL 127

History of Ancient Philosophy (3 units in Philosophy)

(3)

PHIL 128

History of Modern Philosophy (3 units in Philosophy)

(3)

PHIL 180

Knowledge and Understanding (6 units in philosophy or instructor permission)

(3)

PHIL 181

Metaphysics (6 units in philosophy or instructor permission)

(1)

PHIL 189

Senior Seminar (12 upper-division units in Philosophy)

C. Additional Required Upper Division Courses (6 units)

(3)

PHIL 112

History of Ethics (GWAR Certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 80+, or C or higher grade in ENGL 109M/W, or C- grade in ENGL 109M/W or WPJ score 70/71 and ENGL 109Xcorequisite) OR

 

PHIL 152

Ethical Theory

(3)

PHIL 154

Philosophy of Language OR

PHIL 176

20th Century Anglo-American Philosophy

D. Logic and Philosophy of Science (15 units)

(6) Logic - take whichever was not used under Section A above:

(3)

PHIL 60

Symbolic Logic I OR

 

PHIL 61

Inductive Logic

(3)

PHIL 160

Deductive Logic II (MATH 31PHIL 60 or instructor permission)

(9) Philosophy of Science:

(3)

PHIL 125

Philosophy of Science

(3)

PHIL 153

Philosophy of Mind (3 units in philosophy or instructor permission)

(3)

PHIL 192D/LIBA 205

Space and Time (6 units in philosophy or instructor permission)

E. Further Upper Division Electives (0-3 units)

Any courses listed above that are not taken to satisfy the above requirements; other upper division philosophy courses; courses in other departments (with consent of Department Chair or program coordinator).

 

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