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Philosophy of Science and Ethics

GEO2-2142

About this course

When analyzing an elephant with only a microscope, you won’t easily grasp the big picture. That is the risk of scientific specialization.
This course is about zooming out, looking for the big picture, and reflecting on the relations between science and ethics:

  1. Firstly we will analyze the scientific method. How does science work? What is the difference between scientific and pseudo-scientific knowledge claims? (Philosophy of science).
  2. Secondly, we will reflect on the moral question ‘How are we to live?’, and the political philosophical question ‘What is a just society?’ (Ethics, political philosophy)
  3. Thirdly, we will focus on two important moral issues: the humans-nonhuman animals relation, and the humans-nature relation, which addresses the environmental problems including climate change. (Animal ethics, environmental ethics).

This course contains an Honours component on Bilding (open to all students).

This course is the entry requirement for:

  • Bachelor’s thesis GSS (GEO3-2422).

Learning outcomes

Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
After completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • reflect upon science and the scientific method;
  • reflect upon moral problems in relation to (environmental) science;
  • coomunicate to a general audience on environmental issues, using philosophical tools & knowledge.

Good to know

Do you study at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) or Wageningen University and Research (WUR)? You can enrol via eduXchange.nl

Required prior knowledge

Max.120 students in period 4. In case more students are enrolled for the course the rules of the Teaching and Examination Regulations will be followed to appoint the students.

Link to more information

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Offering(s)

  • Start date

    22 April 2024

    • Ends
      12 July 2024
    • Term *
      Period 4
    • Location
      Utrecht
    • Instruction language
      English
    Enrolment period closed
  • Start date

    11 November 2024

    • Ends
      31 January 2025
    • Term *
      Period 2
    • Location
      Utrecht
    • Instruction language
      English
    • Register between
      16 Sept, 09:00 - 27 Sept 2024
    Enrolment starts in 94 days
  • Start date

    3 February 2025

    • Ends
      18 April 2025
    • Term *
      Period 3
    • Location
      Utrecht
    • Instruction language
      English
    • Register between
      4 Nov, 09:00 - 22 Nov 2024
    Enrolment starts in 143 days
These offerings are valid for students of Wageningen University