PHL233H1: Philosophy for Scientists

Hours: 
24L/12T

An introduction to philosophy tailored for students with backgrounds in mathematics and science. Topics include causation, explanation, the relation between scientific and mathematical theories and reality, the role of mathematics in scientific theories, the relevance of scientific and mathematical discoveries to 'big' traditional philosophical questions such as the nature of consciousness, whether we have free will, and the meaning of life.

Corequisite: 

1.0 FCE in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or Computer Science

Recommended Preparation: 

Background in science and/or mathematics will be presupposed.

Distribution Requirements: 
Humanities
Breadth Requirements: 
Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)