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TAYJ11 Philosophy of Science 3 ECTS
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
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Type or level of studies
Postgraduate studies
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Yliopiston yhteiset tohtoriopinnot
Doctoral School

General description


Please NOTE that all essays should be sent to the following address: heikki.j.koskinen@uta.fi

For those who were able to attend on both days, the essay's length is 3 pages, and the deadline Friday 13 November.

For those who could not attend the second day of the course, the essay's length is 8 pages.

The essays should be sent as word or pdf attachements to the address given above.

Learning outcomes:

The aim of this course is to strengthen the general researcher skills of the participant by training her to grasp her own particular field of research in a wider and more general context through some central issues in philosophy of science.

Teaching schedule: Tuesdays 6.10. and 13.10. at 9-16.


General description:

The course consists of alternating sessions of lectures and discussions. The lectures will cover some central themes in philosophy of science, and these will then be further discussed in smaller groups whose members (to the extent that this is possible) come from related scientific fields.

Course contents:

  1. Objects of Study and the Classification of Sciences
  2. Concepts, Propositions, and Arguments
  3. Hypotheses, Explanations, and Justification
  4. Scientific Realism and Antirealism

Completion: Passing the course requires a tight following of the lectures and an active participation in the group discussions. There will be no final exam as such, but the participants are required to produce a three-page written presentation where one of the central themes of the course is connected with the participant’s own scientific field and research topic.

Enrolment in NettiOpsu. The maximum number of students is 50. Enrolment method is draw. The student has to check the selection from NettiOpsu (Courses > Enrolments) after the enrolment period.

Enrolment for University Studies

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Koskinen, Heikki, Teacher responsible


6-Oct-2015 – 13-Oct-2015
Lectures 12 hours