Course: Philosophy of Science for Graduants 1

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Course title Philosophy of Science for Graduants 1
Course code KFI/FV1D
Organizational form of instruction Seminar
Level of course Doctoral
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Havlík Vladimír, Doc. PhDr. CSc.
  • Demjančuk Nikolaj, Doc. PhDr. CSc.
Course content
This topics will be focused: The myth, philosophy, science. Renaissance and the origin of Modern Ages science. The relationship between philosophy, episthomology and methodology of science. Paradigm of classical science (Newton, Descartes). Disagreement of empirism and racionalism. Formalization of philosophy of science. Searching of methodological ideal (J. S. Mill, W. Whewell, W. S. Jevons). Convencionalism as an experiment of overcoming the alternative of empirism-racionalism (J. S. Mill, H. Poincare, P. Duhem). Science in the view of pragmatism (C. S. Pierce, W. James, J. Dewey). A. N. Whitehead about the characteristic of scientifical knowledge. Logical atomism (L. Wittgenstein, B. Russell). Logical positivism (R. Carnap, M. Schlick, O. Neurath, H. Feigl, Ph. Frank, H. Reichenbach, A. Tarski). Operationalism (P. W. Bridgeman, A. Rapoport, B. F. Skinner). Verifikationalism of A. J. Ayer.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Textual studies, Lecture
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 54 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
  • Practical training (number of hours) - 50 hours per semester
professional knowledge
Course requires no special prior knowledge and skills.
learning outcomes
Students will be able to summarize and evaluate basic ideas and problems of philosophy of science. They will advance their actual knowledge of these problems. Philosophical views of science in particular historical progress will be presented to them. They will compare ideas and systems of most important philosophers, who influenced philosophy of science. They will learn how to work with technical terms of philosophy of science.
teaching methods
Textual studies
assessment methods
Oral exam
Recommended literature
  • Demjančuk, Nikolaj. Filosofie a vědecké myšlení : proměna obrazu vědy v analytické tradici. 1. vyd. Dobrá Voda : Aleš Čeněk, 2002. ISBN 80-86473-19-8.
  • Fajkus, Břetislav. Současná filosofie a metodologie vědy. 1. vyd. Praha : Filosofia, 1997. ISBN 80-7007-095-1.
  • Feyerabend, Paul K. Tři dialogy o vědění. 1. vyd. Praha : Vesmír, 1999. ISBN 80-85977-04-4.
  • Fiala, J. Analytická filosofie. První čítanka. Plzeň, 2000.
  • Gasper, Philip; Trout, J. D.; Boyd, Richard. The philosophy of science ; ed. by Richard Boyd, Philip Gasper, J.D. Trout. 6th ed. Cambridge : MIT Press, 1997. ISBN 0-262-52156-3.
  • Král, Miloslav. Změna paradigmatu vědy. 1. vyd. Praha : Filosofia, 1994. ISBN 80-7007-064-1.
  • Kuhn, Thomas S. Struktura vědeckých revolucí. 1. vyd. Praha : Oikoymenh, 1997. ISBN 80-86005-54-2.
  • Popper, Karl Raimund. Logika vědeckého zkoumání. 1. vyd. Praha : Oikoymenh, 1997. ISBN 80-86005-45-3.
  • Russell, Bertrand. Logika, věda, filozofie a společnost. 1. vyd. Praha : Svoboda-Libertas, 1993. ISBN 80-205-0219-X.
  • Tondl, Ladislav. Věda, technika a společnost : Soudobé tendence a transformace vzájemných vazeb. 1. vyd. Praha : Filosofia, 1994. ISBN 80-7007-051-X.

Study plans that include the course
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