PHIL458B     Topics in the Philosophy of Science: History and Philosophy of Modern Biology
Semester:Fall 2013
Instructor: Lindley Darden
Room:SKN 1115
Meeting Times:3:30pm - 4:45pm

This is a combined history and philosophy of modern biology course. The historical cases to be examined are nineteenth and twentieth century evolutionary theory, Mendelian genetics, molecular biology, genomics and post genomics. Readings include both primary and secondary historical sources, as well as readings on philosophical issues raised by the biological cases. Participation in class discussions is expected. This course is appropriate for history, philosophy, and biological science majors, science journalists, and biology teachers. Some knowledge of biology will be helpful. Graduate students who wish to take the course at the 600 level should contact the instructor; additional requirements apply.