Philosophy of Science

Lecture

Degree Course Center for Doctoral Studies in Business
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, Room 715
Time Mondays, 08:30-11:45 h; bi-weekly, starting Sept. 22, 2008 except Fri., Nov. 11, kick-off on Friday, Sept. 12
Registration wifo1@uni-mannheim.de until Sept 8, 2008 (!)
Office hours by appointment

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. The course will focus on those concepts which derive knowledge from observation and induction. 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 artefacts. The underlying epistemological foundations are of central interest to all Ph.D. students that study the structure and surrounding behaviour 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 12.09.08
12:45h
Kick-Off
  • Introduction
  • Assignments
  • Literature
Prof. Heinzl
2 22.09.08
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
Sorokoumov
3 06.10.08
8:30 h - 11:45 h
  • Introduction to falsificationism
  • Sophisticated falsificationism, novel predictions, and the growth of science
  • The limitations of falsificationism
Krug
4 20.10.08
8:30 h - 11:45 h
  • Kuhn’s paradigms
  • Lakatos’ research programs
  • Feyerabend’s anarchistic theory of science
  • Methodical changes in method
Bürger
5 7.11.08
8:30 h - 11:45 h
  • The Bayesian approach
  • The new experimentalism
  • Why should the world obey laws
  • Realism and anti-realism
Oertel
Yang
6 17.11.08
8:30 h - 11:45 h
  • The Design Science paradigm
  • Epistemological foundations of the Design Science paradigm
  • Hybrid approaches: Behaviorally grounded IS designs
  • Visiting Talk: Dr. Björn Niehaves, University of Münster
Scheibmayr
7 01.12.08
8:30 h - 11:45 h
  • Epistemological foundations of logistics and operations management
Peslova
Beutel

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