|Week||Date||Topic||Reading and assignments due this week|
|1||11 January||Introduction: The evidential basis of science; three families of inductive inference||Reading and handouts.|
|2||18 January||Inductive generalization: enumerative induction, Mill's methods||Reading and Short assignment 1|
|3||25 January||Inductive generalization: Hempel's satisfaction criterion, Glymour's bootstrap, demonstrative induction||A. Short history of science paper.
Reading and Short assignment 2
|4||1 February||Hypothetical induction: saving the phenomena, hypothetico-eductive confirmation, the addition of a simplicity requirement, error statistical accounts, common cause and common origin arguments, consilience of induction||Short assignment 3|
|5||8 February||Hypothetical induction: abduction and inference to the best explanation, reliabilists accounts--historical/methodological approaches, formal learning theory||Short assignment 4|
|6||15 February||Probabilistic induction: Bayes' theorem and its use in the context of confirmation, the interpretations of probability||
Short assignment 5
Send me the title of the primary source you will use in Assignment B either by email prior to class or on paper in class.
|7||22 February||Probabilistic induction: justifications of Bayesianism--Dutch book arguments, alternative calculi||B. Long history of science paper.
Short assignment 6
|8||1 March||The problems of induction: THE problem of induction ("Hume's problem"), Goodman's grue and the new riddle of induction, The underdetermination thesis||Short assignment 7|
|8 March, Spring recess|
|9||15 March||Material theory of induction||C. Short philosophy of science paper.
Short assignment 8
|10||22 March||Student presentations|
Each student will speak informally for five minutes to the seminar on any topic of relevance (historical, philosophical) to their project.
|11||29 March||Student presentations
1. Danielle Rosenberger
2. Brandy Smolnik
3. Michael Mitrovich
4. David Salcido
|12||5 April||Student presentations
1. Burlton Griffith
2. Nicole Tinkey
3. Alexis Moore
4. Joseph Gallo
|D. First draft of term paper.|
|13||12 April||Editing term paper drafts. I will be out of town this week.|
|14||19 April, Last day class||Student presentations
1. Kevin Medovitch
2. Suzy Fuchs
|E. Final revised version of term paper due Friday April 22.|