LPS 60 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Natural Philosophy, Secondary Source, Whig History
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LPS lecture 1
- read primary and secondary source
- developments of science!
1. Midterm and Final (30% each) all questions will be from study guide (given 3 choose
2) get bluebooks!
2. Weekly Online Reading Comprehension Quizzes (15%) due every!Sunday 7 p.m.
(drops lowest score) two attempts to take the quiz
3. Weekly Short Response Essay!(15%) submit by Monday 9 a.m. send in hard copy at
discussion (typed one page)
4. Attendance/participation (10%) 😃!
Late work docked 10% each day 😔 except for quizzes
Course Outline to Midterm 😛!
A. Beginnings of natural philosophy in ancient Greece - Article philosophy of science, Greek
Biology, Astrology and Astronomy, Early Mathematics
B. Natural Philosophy in the Golden Age of Islam 1800-1300 b.c. - transmission of greek texts,
Islamic philosophy, discoveries optics, alchemy and pre-chemistry!! !
C. Development in Medieval and Renaissance Europe - pre-university!
•!it is everywhere, society and culture
• crucial to understand some basic features of science
!! !What is science and how does it differ from unscientiﬁc things?
• science is based on facts, has a better way to get to truth
• can change based on how we think about it
• look at the historical developments of science
• we can never assume science is always the same , but its continuously changing!
• study when and how the scientiﬁc method was developed
• scientiﬁc revolution in the 16th and 17th centuries
• science is objectively independent!
We aim to examine the common view of nature of science:
1. what distinguishes science from non science
2. how did science become prominent in society
3. is science rooted in governments, economics, and religion?