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Challenges and strategies to teach history and philosophy of science to graduate biologists

Provete, Diogo (2021) Challenges and strategies to teach history and philosophy of science to graduate biologists. [Preprint]

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Scientists have played an increasingly relevant role in our society. Biologists in special are being constantly required to provide advice to governments in subjects that go from how to deal with a pandemic to what are the consequences of deforestation. However, practicing science requires not only technical knowledge, but also understanding how scientific knowledge is produced, its limits, and consequences. In this piece, I briefly discuss the importance courses on History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) can play in biologist curriculum and dissect a syllabus I have been using to teach HPS to graduate biologists. The proposed course syllabus includes discussion on the scientific method, classic philosophers of science, causation, models, how scientific knowledge is acquired, criteria to delimit science from pseudoscience, and realism and anti-realism. Given that contemporary science is becoming complex, and increasingly harder to disentangle from our daily life, understanding the role scientist play in society is a necessary component of a doctoral student training.


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Provete, Diogodiogo.provete@ufms.br0000-0002-0097-0651
Keywords: curriculum, philosophy of science for scientists, teaching methods, active learning.
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Science Education
Depositing User: Dr Diogo Provete
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2021 14:28
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2021 14:28
Item ID: 18769
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Science Education
Date: January 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18769

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