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Methodology: induction, reason and science PY3035

​Methodology is a continuation of epistemology in a particular direction: it is, in part, an enquiry into the nature of the reasoning and methods used in investigation of the natural and social world.​

Topics covered

Methodology includes, in fact, elementary philosophy of science, and it considers questions about inductive reasoning, probability, explanation, evidence, ‘laws of nature’ and the reality of ‘theoretical entities’ such as elementary particles and fields. Methodology provides a groundwork which is both of intrinsic interest and great value to inquiry in other fields of philosophy.

Assessment

One two- hour unseen written examination.

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