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PH 403A / PH 453A
PHILOSOPHY OF BIOLOGY
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr U Stegmann

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): This course will be available in 2012/13 as PH 353A / PH 453A.

Over the last decades, the philosophy of biology has matured into a separate and dynamic field of philosophical inquiry. This introductory course aims to provide an overview of the field by examining some classical topics as well as more recent developments. The course ranges over key biological disciplines (evolutionary biology, ecology, molecular biology) and traces connections between philosophy of biology and other areas of philosophy, especially general philosophy of science and the philosophy of mind and language. The precise contents of the course may change from year to year.

1 one and a half-hour lecture and 1 one and a half-hour student-led seminar per week.
(Thus, each student will have 3 contact hours per week.) Tutorials/seminars begin in week 2.

1st Attempt: Two 3,500 word essays (90%) and a seminar presentation (10%).
Resit: There is no resit for year 4 students.