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Puzzles and Revolutions: Text and Tradition

Philosophy 202A - Spring 2020

What makes a scientific idea revolutionary? Are there reliable social mechanisms by which scientific revolutions come to pass? Can anything general to be said about the caste of mind conducive or inimical to formulating and accepting revolutionary scientific ideas? Are there important similarities between scientific and social revolutions? To explore these questions, we will read primary source material from revolutionary thinkers in physics, biology, and psychology (e.g., Copernicus, Galileo, Darwin, Mendel, Freud and Skinner). We will also read from the abundant secondary literature on the nature and necessity of scientific revolutions. Students will have the opportunity to read and research about the history of science while thinking about the nature of scientific progress and the engines that drive scientific change.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUMAS LCDFA HUMAR HUM

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Puzzles and Revolutions: Text and Tradition
INSTRUCTOR: Johnson
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