Philosophy of Science

Epistemological Foundations for Information Systems Scholars: Positions between Behavioral Science and Design Science

Lecture

Degree Course PhD
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl
Contact hours per week 2
Grading Topic presentation and course participation
ECTS n.a.
Language of instruction English
Room L 15, 1-6, 714-715
Time See schedule below
Registration wifo1(at)uni-mannheim.de until Sept 7, 2009
Office hours on appointment
Additional information https://plattform.uni-mannheim.de/

Content

This course is designed for Ph.D. students in information systems, business administration and computer science. It provides a basic understanding of philosophy of science and its epistemological foundations. On the one hand, the course will focus on those concepts which derive knowledge from observation and induction. However, since it also takes experiments as well as the new experimentalism into account, it also refers to those disciplines that focus on the evaluation of technological artifacts. Thus, the underlying epistemological foundations are of central interest to all Ph.D. students that study the structure and surrounding behavior of complex technological arrangements. The course will be offered in a seminar style. All Ph.D. students have to offer at least one presentation and a documentation regarding a specific topic. Allocation of topics will be conducted by the lecturer.

Schedule

No. Date Content Presenter(s)
1 07.09.2009
10:15 h - 11:45 h
Kick-Off
  • Introduction
  • Assignments
  • Literature
Heinzl
2 21.09.2009
8:30 h - 10:00 h
  • Science as knowledge derived from the facts of experience
  • Observation as practical intervention
  • Experiments
  • Deriving theories from facts: induction
Hemmer
Thum
3 05.10.2009
8:30 h - 11:45 h
  • Introduction to falsificationism
  • Sophisticated falsificationism, novel predictions, and the growth of science
  • The limitations of falsificationism
Stuckenberg
4 19.10.2009
8:30 h - 11:45 h
  • Kuhn’s paradigms
  • Lakatos’ research programs
  • Feyerabend’s anarchistic theory of science
  • Methodical changes in method
Geiger
5 02.11.2009
8:30 h - 11:45 h
  • The Bayesian approach
  • The new experimentalism
  • Why should the world obey laws
  • Realism and anti-realism
Barth
Lazic
6 13.11.2009
13:00 h
  • The Design Science paradigm
  • Epistemological foundations of the Design Science paradigm
  • Hybrid approaches: Behaviorally grounded IS designs
Klimpke
7 30.11.2009
8:30 h - 11:45 h
  • Epistemological Foundations of Operations and Logistics Management
  • Visiting talk and paper discussion
Schulze
tba

Introductory literature

Chalmers, A.F.: What is this thing called science? 3rd edition, Open University Press, Maidenhead 1999

Literature for the Assignments has to be retrieved by participants. Literature for Session 7 will be distributed in October.

 

Grading

60 % Topic presentation, 40 % Course participation