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Philosophy of Science for Doctoral Students

This course provides an overview of the fundamental issues and historical development of modern philosophy of science.
We will review different approaches to scientific explanation and understanding, the nature and function of different theories, as well as different conceptionsabout the distinctive features and progression of scientific knowledge, and also discuss the relationship between natural sciences, the humanities and social sciences.

Course information

Number of credits

7.5 credits

Given by

Faculty of Social Sciences

Open to

Doctoral students within the subject at Linnaeus University and other Swedish universities.

Teaching language

Swedish and English



Next course occasion

Autumn 2024

Study rate, or the equivalent

50 %


The course is now full. Contact Erik Weijmar if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

It's important to apply to the course as soon as you know you want to attend it.


Admission to third-cycle studies is required.

Teaching method

The course is given in Swedish once a year in the autumn semester. The course is given in English once every two years, in the spring semester.

Course content

Read about the course's content and intended learning outcomes in the Course description.