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HSS - Cours - HSS_0S003_EP : Philosophy: Science and Technology

Domaine > Humanités et sciences sociales.


This course introduces students to foundational concepts in the philosophy of science and technology. It asks the question of the relationship of philosophy to science and technology throughout history, examines some examples of encounters between science and philosophy with an emphasis on their social and political context and encourages students to exercise their own judgement on contemporary issues in philosophy of science. The introduction to the course is based on a discussion of the “Greek miracle” associated with the Milesian school of philosophy. The course has then three main sections: (i) an introduction to Aristotle’s theory of science, with particular emphasis on his explanation of living nature; (ii) an inquiry into curiosity for monsters and wonders, and the transformations of the moral economy of science from Augustine to the 19thcentury; (iii) an introduction to the concept of style in philosophy of science.


This course is not open to International Exchange program students

Objectifs pédagogiques

At the end of the semester, students should be familiar with basic concepts, methods and history of philosophy of science and technology. They should be able to comment on a philosophical text, and present their own thoughts on a given issue of philosophy of science and technology in a way that is informed, articulate and argumentative, both orally and in writing. This course is not open to International Exchange program students

Format des notes

Numérique sur 20

Littérale/grade américain

Pour les étudiants du diplôme Programmes d'échange internationaux

Pour les étudiants du diplôme Bachelor of Science de l'Ecole polytechnique

Vos modalités d'acquisition :

Attendance 10% (one unexcused absence will result in the loss of half attendance and participation credits; two in the loss of all attendance credit; three in failing the class); Fieldtrip 20% ; Oral presentation/Midterms 30%; Final exam 40%. Coursework requires original input from students and crediting external resources. The instructor may give a zero to any coursework for which a student fails to do so, whether intentionally or unintentionally, independent of further disciplinary action. Cases of cheating and plagiarism are subject to disciplinary action as stated in the Bachelor Program Academic Handbook: Section 3, Article 10.

Le rattrapage est autorisé (Note de rattrapage conservée écrêtée à une note seuil de 10)
    L'UE est acquise si Note finale >= 10
    • Crédits ECTS acquis : 2 ECTS

    La note obtenue rentre dans le calcul de votre GPA.

    Programme détaillé

    This course is not open to International Exchange program students

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