Syllabus - Philosophy 381/Science and Technology Studies...

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Philosophy 381/Science and Technology Studies 381 Philosophy of Science (S/U optional) Fall 2008 Professor Richard Boyd (rnb1@cornell.edu; GS 326) Lecture : Wednesdays 7:30-10:00 PM, Goldwin Smith Hall 142 Sections : R 11:15-12:05 Uris Hall G 88 R 1:25-2:15 Goldwin Smith Hall 124 NOTE: The location of section meetings will be determined on the basis of enrollment numbers and student preferences. The originally scheduled locations are: R 11:15-12:05 Uris Hall G 88 R 1:25-2:15 Goldwin Smith Hall 124 Alternative locations: the Isaac Kramnick Seminar Room in Becker House where we can have lunch together . Final decision will be announced on Blackboard. Texts (all required) 1. Boyd, Gasper, and Trout, The Philosophy of Science 2. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 2nd edition Readings posted on Blackboard : Power Point slides : Ordinarily the Power Point slides for a given lecture will be posted on Blackboard by 5 pm on the day of the lecture. Often they’ll be posted much earlier. Many students have found it useful to bring print-outs of the slides to class and add their own notes during lecture. Papers : 1. Aronson, Joshua; Quinn, Diane M.; and Spencer, Steven J. "Stereotype Threat and the Academic Underperformance of Minorities and Women" in Janet K. Swim and Charles Stangor, eds. Prejudice: The Target's Perspective. San Diego: Academic Press. 1988, 83-103. 1998, 83-103. 2. Bleier, Ruth 1986. "Sex Difference Research: Science or Belief?" in Ruth Bleier, ed. Feminist Approaches to Science, New York: Pergamon Press, 147-164. 3. Block, Ned and Dworkin, Gerald. 1974a. "IQ, Heritability and Inequality, Part 1," Philosophy and Public Affairs 3, no 4 (Summer 1974), 331-409. 4. Block, Ned and Dworkin, Gerald. 1974b. "IQ, Heritability and
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Inequality, Part 2," Philosophy and Public Affairs 4, no 1 (Fall 1974), 40-99. 5. Barnes, Barry and Bloor, David 1982. "Relativism, Rationalism and the Sociology of Knowledge," in Martin Hollis and Steven Lukes, eds. Rationality and Relativism, Cambridge: MIT Press, 21-47. 6. Datson, Lorrine 1992. "Objectivity and the Escape from Perspective," Social Studies of Science 22: 597-618, as reprinted in Mario Biagioli, ed. The Science Studies Reader. New York and London: Routledge (1999), 110-123. 7. Feigl, Herbert 1956. "Some Major Issues and Developments in the Philosophy of Science of Logical Empiricism" in Feigl, Herbert and Scriven, Michael, eds. Foundations of Science and the Concepts of Psychology and Psychoanalysis Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Volume I (1956). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 3-37. 8. Hacking, Ian 1986. "Making up People" in Thomas C. Heller, Morton Sosna and David E. Wellberry, eds. Reconstructing Individualism: Autonomy, Individuality, and the Self in Western Thought. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 222-236, as reprinted in Mario Biagioli, ed. The Science Studies Reader. New York and London: Routledge (1999), 161-171. 9.
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