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About Philosophy of Science
Masters degrees in Philosophy of Science are concerned with the foundations, methods and implications of science.
Related postgraduate specialisms include the History of Science & Medicine, while entry requirements usually include a relevant undergraduate degree such as Philosophy or Social Science.
Philosophy of Science questions precisely what qualifies as science, how reliable scientific theories are and what science’s ultimate purpose is. These paradigms have changed greatly over the last few centuries, and this field attempts to uncover why and how.
For example, you could investigate whether science can reveal truth about unobservable things (a topic closely related to cosmology), or delve into the moral aspects of scientific reasoning.
Ultimately, you’ll be challenged to decipher if science is a steady, cumulative acquisition of knowledge, or if it’s a product of the concepts and practices which define periods in history.
Careers in this field include traditional roles in academia, publishing and journalism. However, you might also branch into consultation within professions such as clinical practice or jurisprudence.
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