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MET528 - spring 2021 - week I

Topics and readings

These topics won’t map cleanly into lectures, but it summarizes what we’ll aim to cover for this part of the course.

For readings not linked to below, I’ll do my best to make the readings available at the start of the course.

  1. Why do we need a philosophy of science? The practical and political problem of “demarcation.”

  2. Popper and some classical challenges

  3. Scientific explanations

    • Joseph Heath (2005). Methodological Individualism. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2005 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.)
    • Emile Durkheim (1938). Social Facts. Reprinted in M&M, page 433-440.
    • Kevin Hoover (2009) Microfoundations and the Ontology of Macroeconomics. in Harold Kincaid and Donald Ross, editors, Oxford Handbook of the Philosoph of Economic Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009; ch. 14, pp. 386-409.
  4. Causality: Economic and Statistical explanations

  5. Statistical and scientific practice