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PHIL 469 001 (Seminar)

Topics in Philosophy of Science

Topics such as probability and induction; foundations of measurement; theory construction.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Location: Vancouver

Term 1 (Sep 03, 2019 to Nov 29, 2019)

Cr/D/F Grading Change Dates

Last day to change between Credit/D/Fail and percentage grading (grading options cannot be changed after this date): September 17, 2019


Withdrawal Dates
Last day to withdraw without a W standing : September 17, 2019
Last day to withdraw with a W standing
(course cannot be dropped after this date) :
October 11, 2019

TermDay Start TimeEnd TimeBuildingRoom
1 Tue Thu14:0015:30BuchananB218
Instructor: WYLIE, ALISON


Seat Summary
Total Seats Remaining:23
Currently Registered:2
General Seats Remaining:23
Restricted Seats Remaining*:0
-  Course Description: This course is cross-listed with ANTH495B. Students can register in either section. Do historians and historical scientists face unique challenges because they study the past? For example, are they at a distinct disadvantage compared to experimental scientists? Are studies of the human, cultural past especially vulnerable to constructionist critique, and do these suspicions extend to non-human historical sciences of evolutionary biology, geology and paleontology? In this course we will explore philosophical questions about the nature and status of historical inquiry in a comparative frame, taking as our point of departure Adrian Currie's Rock, Bone and Ruin: An Optimist's Guide to the Historical Sciences (2018). Currie reframes philosophical debate about historical kn&~ owledge with a focus on paleontology, geology and archaeology. In subsequent sections, we will address questions about the nature of historical explanation and the role of narrative that have been central to philosophy of history and debate in archaeology. Central texts here will be Trouillot's "Silencing the Past" (1995) and selections from "Material Evidence" (2014). Requirements include short weekly response posts, one in-class presentation, and a term paper.

Book Summary :
Title Reqd/Opt/Rel Author ISB
Material Evidence Required CHAPMAN 9780415837460
Rock Bone & Ruin Required CURRIE 9780262037266
Silencing The Past: Power and The Production of History ( 20Th Anniversary Ed ) Required TROUILLOT 9780807080535