The first part of the seminar introduces core issues and principles in philosophy of science. In particular it focuses on the debates about the nature of the scientific method, theories of confirmation, and the demarcation of science from non-science. Students will be introduced to the key thinkers in philosophy of science field, such as Bacon, Popper, Kuhn and Lakatos.
On the second part of the seminar, students will examine their own research study in terms of philosophical scientific thinking. They will analyze their practice, while addressing questions such as its scientific justification, the methodology they use and its limits, the type of falsification that may challenge their study, the existing gap between the empirical data and their theory and the current controversy in their scientific field.