2023-2024 / PHIL0040-1

Introduction to the philosophy of sciences


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in political sciences : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Certificate in teaching of philosophy and citizenship (not organised in 2022-2023)5 crédits 
 Master in chemistry (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Laurence Bouquiaux

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

I. What is science ?

  • Positivism and the Vienna Circle
  • Inductivism
  • Falsificationnism (Popper)
  • Kuhn
  • Feyerabend
II. Relativism and Scepticism
III. (Techno)science and democracy

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To understand the challenges of the main proceedings of the philosophy of sciences in the XXth century. To be able to question the epistemologic status of the different divisions of learning students are presented with during their studying.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Ex cathedra course.

4 or 5 exercise sessions are devoted to reading the texts. These sessions are mandatory for students in Philosophy.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

A detailed outline of the course and a collection of texts are made available on-line to students ("my uliege")
A list of reference books is given out during the first lessons.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


laurence.bouquiaux@uliege.be 04 366 55 91

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