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Introduction: Philosophy of Science

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Introduction on the course Philosophy of Science.

Introduction on the course Philosophy of Science.


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  • 1. Philosophy of Science
  • 2. What is truth?
    How do we search for the truth?
    Are we able to find the truth?
  • 3. Objects of the course
    a basic understanding of
    the philosophy of science
    the background of scientific theory
  • 4. Course structure
    The course consists of 17 units
    3 parts:
    General philosophy of science
    Four main paradigms of social sciences
    Organizational sciences
  • 5. Assignments and assessment
    Reading the assigned literature and participating in class
    3 case studies (10% each)
    Discussion (10%)
    Take home exam including a case study (60%)
    You have to have at least a 5.5 on the take home exam in order to pass.
  • 6. Four paradigms
  • 7.
  • 8. Empiricism: a theory of knowledge which asserts that knowledge is gained through experience
    Interpretative theory: a theory of knowledge which aims at understanding rather than fact gathering
    Critical theory: theories aimed at both understanding (knowledge)and critiquing society
    Postmodernism: postmodern thinkers question the idea of a single truth