We’re halfway through our series previewing summer/fall 2022 courses. This morning we hear from philosopher Omar Fakhri, who is completing his first year at Bethel and looking ahead to adding a new course in his second year here.

PHI340K Philosophy of Science

Days/Times: Tu/Th 12:15-1:30pm in Fall 2022

Prerequisites: Laboratory Science (D) course and Mathematics (M) course

Counts for:

• General Education: Science, Technology & Society (K) course

• Major option: Philosophy (elective), Digital Humanities (Humanities core elective)

• Minor: Philosophy (elective)

Joseph Wright of Derby, “A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery” (1766) – Wikimedia

Complete the sentence: “Students should consider taking this course because…”

“…science has shaped every inch of our current culture, and understanding science from a philosophical perspective will help us better understand our current culture.”

What’s a big question that you’re asking in this course?

Are advancements in science purely motived by a search for truth?

How often have you taught this course?

This is my first time teaching this course!

What’s a reading you’re especially excited for students in this course to discuss?

I’m excited for students to read Thomas Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions, because it explicitly deals with the question of what explains why we go from one scientific paradigm (Newton’s) into the next (Einstein’s)

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