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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

CANCELLED FILO, Modul 1: Hovedværk: Tim Lewens: Organism and Artifact

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Time
Autumn
Programme level Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice
ECTS 15 ECTS
Course responsible
  • Karina Fleischer (6-7564653a3738426a776f306d7730666d)
  • Department of Media, Cognition and Communication
Course number: HFIK03704U

Course content

In this course we investigate the use of the language of design in biology. Uniquely among the natural sciences, biology uses descriptive and explanatory terms more suited to artifacts than organisms. Notoriously Descartes identified organisms with machines, and today genomes are said to be blueprints of organisms, the brain is compared to a computer, and when evolutionary biologists discuss the purpose of the panda's thumb, they borrow from a vocabulary of intentional design that seems to be in conflict with Darwin's discoveries more than a century ago. Reading Lewens' book we will examine the use of analogies in scientific reasoning, design-based thinking in biology and neuroscience, accounts of functional explanation and analysis of evolved organisms and engineered machines, and the possibility of evolutionary explanations of technology. Thus the course will take up issues central to the philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of technology.

Learning outcome

The Master’s Programme in Philosophy 2014:
Module 1, Classical Philosophical Text: HFIK03701E
Module 5, Freely chosen topic 1: HFIK03741E
Module 5, Freely chosen topic 2: HFIK03751E

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Master elective for students from outside of Humanities at UCPH:

http://hum.ku.dk/uddannelser/skemaer/enkeltestudieelementer.pdf/Indskrivning-enkelte-kurser.pdf

Apply on form to sn-mef@hum.ku.dk     June 1, 2016 at the latest.

Education

Master in Philosophy, 2014-curriculum

Studyboard

Study Board of Media, Cognition and Communication

Teacher

Sune Holm

Duration

1 semester

Schedulegroup

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Teaching and learning methods

Seminars

Language

English

Workload

Category Hours
Class Instruction 42
Preparation 367,5
English 409,5

Exam

Type of assessment

Other

Criteria for exam assessment

Philosophy 2014, Master:
http:/​​​/​​​hum.ku.dk/​​​uddannelser/​​​aktuelle_studieordninger/​​​filosofi/​​​philosophy_ma.pdf
 

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