PHIL 2160. Section 100. Ohio University, Spring 2021.
Lectures on Microsoft Teams, MW 4:35–5:55pm (EST). Instructor: Dr. Yoichi Ishida. For office hours, click the menu on the left.
What is science? How does scientific research work? How does science produce, organize, and revise our knowledge about the world? What is the relationship between science and the rest of society? These are some of the philosophical issues about science we’ll discuss in this course.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the philosophical questions discussed in the readings.
- Describe different positions one might take in response to these questions.
- Summarize arguments for and against these positions.
- Analyze and evaluate arguments for and against various positions discussed in the course.
This course is offered online through this website, Blackboard, Microsoft Teams, and Top Hat. To be successful, you will need to have reliable internet and a computer with audio and video capabilities. You will also need to have Microsoft Word (or equivalent) to do assignments.
You will have to purchase a textbook on Perusall to complete reading assignments. The textbook costs $30, but Perusall itself is a free service. The course code will be sent by email. Below is the print edition of the textbook:
Richard DeWitt. Worldviews: An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science. 3rd edition. Wiley Blackwell, 2018.
Again, you should buy the textbook on Perusall.
Assignments and Final Grade
The assignments listed in Table 1 below are required in this course, and your final grade will be calculated according to Table 2.
|Attendance in Lectures||Every class starting Week 3||15%|
|In-class Quizzes||Every week starting Week 3||15%|
|Annotations||Every reading assignment||15%|
|Exam 1||By the end of Week 5||10%|
|Exam 2||By the end of Week 9||10%|
|Exam 3||By the end of Week 13||15%|
|Final Exam (Cumulative)||By the end of Friday, April 30||20%|
In-class Quizzes: In-class quizzes will be given on Top Hat. There will be at least one quiz each week starting Week 3. Three (3) lowest quiz scores will be dropped (see Course Policies).
Annotations: For each reading assignment, excluding the readings for the writing workshops, you will make annotations on the social annotation platform Perusall. You can start a new annotation thread in Perusall by highlighting text, asking a question, or posting a comment. You can also add a reply or comment to an existing thread. Each thread is like a chat with one or more members of your class, and it happens in real time. For full credit, you are to make at least two (2) substantive annotations per assignment. A substantive annotation demonstrates your understanding of the text and clearly describes your own thoughts or questions on a specific part of an assigned reading. You can also comment on other students’ annotations, and high commentary activities will be counted favorably toward your final grade (see below).
Exams: All exams will be done out of class. Each exam is a timed test on Blackboard. It is open book, but if you try to look up an answer to every question, you will not have enough time to do it. More exact due dates for Exams 1–3 will be announced as we progress in the course. See Study Guide and Course Policies about these assignments.
|A||93 or above||C||73–76|
|C+||77–79||F||59 or below|
Although not formalized in these tables, your improvements over the course of the semester and exceptionally good participation in class or commentary on other students’ annotations will count favorably toward your final grade.
You can download a tentative overview of schedules, but for up-to-date assignments, consult weekly pages below.