The purpose of the course is not only to provide students with the conceptual grounds of the philosophy of science (i.e., realism, objectivity, experimental evidence, etc.), but also to make them able to understand the fundamental (and problematical) assumptions of Positivism, the relationship between the twentieth century “linguistic turn” of philosophy and the philosophy of science and, finally, the implications of the sociological methodology when applied to epistemological subjects. Together with conceptual clarity, the course pays special attention to the acquisition of the terminological precision, which is necessary to deal with contemporary epistemological debate.
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