M-FIL/02 - 9 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

Sparking interest in the basic concept of Philosophy of Science and elicit the ability to argue them;

Showing, through selected examples, the operational patterns of scientific research activity;

Introducing elementary concepts of First Order Logic.

Course Structure


Detailed Course Content

a) Basic concepts of Philosophy of Science: causal explanation, verification, falsification, induction, scientific law, paradigm, scientific controversy;

b) computer simulations and computational approach to science;

c) basic logical concepts (arguments, operators, truth tables, propositional and predicate calculus).

Textbook Information

A Basic Issues in Philosophy of Science (3 CFU).

- Okasha S., Il primo Libro di filosofia della scienza, Einaudi, 2006, pp. 1-161.


B Computational Models and Scientific Theories (2 CFU).

- Parisi, D., Simulazioni, Il Mulino, 2001, capp. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, overall 180 pp.


C Introduction to Logic (4 CFU).

- A. Varzi, J. Nolt, D. Rohatyn, Logica, Mc-Graw Hill, 2007, pp.: 1-132; 140-142; 151-170; 193-215.


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