B. Tech. III Semester:Philosophy of ScienceIndian School of Mines
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1. Introduction: Rationale for study of Philosophy of Science prevalence of imbalances; General Approach, Nature, Scope and Relation of the subject with Historical Development.; Science and Philosophy vis-à-vis need for Intellectual and Moral Balance. Scientific and Philosophical approaches to knowledge development and Knowledge application (Emphasis on Earth and Mineral Sciences) 2. Foundations of Philosophy: Nature, Concept, Scope, Methodology, Divisions and Implications. 3. Concept and Nature of Science: Origin/Aim, Methodology, Scope and Development: Nature of Scientific Methods; Movements; Scientific Thought; Divisions of Science; Scientific Laws and Scientific Explanations. 4. Convergence of Science and Philosophy: Unified Theory; Space Time Relationship; Patterns of Change; Deeper issues and broad involvements of Science; Status of Scientific Proposition and Concepts of Entities, Epistemic and Ontological aspects. 5. Philosophical Analysis and Scientific Practice: Philosophical Base of Eastern Thought and their parallel in Science; The Essential of Unity between Eastern Thought Pattern and Western Science, Need for harmony between Intuitive Thought and Rational Knowledge; Philosophers of Science with reference to Western Thought, Philosophers of Science – Western and Eastern. 6. Inter-relationship of Science and Culture: Science and Aesthetics, Science and Human Values, Science in the full tradition, Science vis-à-vis Human Conduct and Social Affairs; Social Significance of Science; Implications of Philosophy of Science for a new peaceful Social Order, Synthesis of Eastern “World View” and Western “Materialism”.