Upon completing this course, you will be able to explain the central positions in a core debate in history and philosophy of science; identify and evaluate a number of main puzzles and arguments around objectivity; make an original contribution to the scholarship on these topics. You will also have developed your skills in writing conference reports; presenting and discussing work with colleagues; and writing a formal academic paper
What is it to be objective? Is objectivity always desirable? How can we achieve objectivity, or when should we rather avoid it? Objectivity seems to be one of the key ideals of a scientific and philosophical understanding of the world. However, it is still far from clear what exactly objectivity is, and whether it is something uniform across all domains. In this course we will investigate the notion of objectivity. We will work through Daston and Galison’s Objectivity (2007) in full, and consider selected studies on objectivity in relation to (scientific) objects, the notion of facticity, ancient epistemology, ethics and medicine, and to 19th/20th-century ideas on relativism. This way, we will build a methodologically and historically informed philosophical reflection on objectivity as an ideal within science and culture – also, we want to provide you with the conceptual and historical equipment to critically discuss Daston and Galison’s idea.|
This course is for RMA students in the Graduate School of Humanities and students in the History and Philosophy of Science. Students of other MA-programmes (such as Applied Ethics), should check with the course coordinator or the RMA Philosophy coordinator (Mauro Bonazzi <firstname.lastname@example.org>), before enrolling, to ensure that they have the requisite philosophical background.
The entrance requirements for Exchange Students will be checked by International Office and the Programme coördinator. Therefore, you do not have to contact the Programme coördinator yourself.
|Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen|
- Ingeschreven voor één van de volgende opleidingen
- Applied Ethics
- History and Philosophy of Science
- Alle onderstaande cursussen zijn behaald
- Mastercursussen Geesteswetenschappen (200501100)
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
|Knowledge and skills in at least one of the relevant fields: philosophy, foundations of the natural sciences, history of science, reflection on science|
Bronnen van zelfstudie
|Courses from the minor "Reflectie op wetenschap"; courses in the MA HPS or Philosophy or Applied Ethics; other courses devoted to reflecting on the sciences and the humanities|
|Information will be made available on the Blackboard website for the course.||Verplicht materiaal|
|L. Daston/P. Galison: Objectivity. New York 2010 (other editions of this text may also be used).|
AlgemeenSeminars are may be 3 hours in length, even when they are scheduled in a 4-hour timeslot
Voorbereiding bijeenkomstenThorough reading of the assigned texts, reading of relevant context literature. Each week, two students will be asked to lead the discussion in the seminar meetings by giving a brief overview of the main points in the texts, raising points you find yourself puzzled with, and leading the in-class discussion.
BeoordelingThe midterm assignment is focused on assessing the students mastery of the central concepts, themes, and arguments in the lectures and assigned texts up to that point.
BeoordelingPaper: research question, argumentation, embedding in the relevant literature
DeadlinesDeadline paper: in week 9 of the term