FYS 101 L127 & L128: Revolutionary Science

This course discusses what happens when radical changes happen in science. We will read Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962), which is one of the most controversial and widely read books in twentieth-century philosophy. We will discuss normal and revolutionary science, paradigms, anomalies, and paradigm shifts in science. While this class is focused primarily on revolutions in science, we will also discuss many of the core issues in the philosophy of science, and this will include the realism and anti-realism debate, as well as the emergence of a scientific culture in the early modern period. This is an interdisciplinary course that will draw from the fields of philosophy, science, and history.