PHIL858M     Models, Confirmation and Decision-Making Under Uncertainty
Semester:Fall 2013
Instructor: Mathias Frisch
Room:SKN 1116
Meeting Times:2:00pm - 4:30pm

This seminar examines a range of issues in the philosophy of science and in value-theory arising from climate science and climate change.  The first two thirds of the seminar will focus on issues in the philosophy of science falling under the heading “models, simulations, and confirmation”.  Possible issues include:  the role of models in science; the epistemology of computer simulations; issues in confirmation theory, including the role of variety of evidence and robustness and the problem of old evidence.  My plan is to begin with general background readings for each topic and then move to climate science as a case study.  The final third of the seminar will focus on the role of values in science and on decision making under severe uncertainty.