University of Notre Dame

Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy and Science

PHIL 10103: Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy and Science

What is the world made of, and how does it work? This is the question through which we will find our way into philosophy. We will ask about what there is (metaphysics, ontology, science), how we can know (epistemology, methodology, scientific method), and how we can talk about all this (philosophy of language, scientific theories). Addressing these questions takes us into issues of our own place in the world, of what makes a human being, and, in light of all this, into questions of how we should live and act. Throughout this course we will use scientific developments to help us think about philosophical questions, and philosophical questions to help us think about science. Science topics will include questions of scientific knowledge and scientific method, and may include philosophical issues in physics and biology, and contemporary ethical questions associated with medicine, food, and technology.