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1145004 Scientific Thought and the History of Science, 1.5-3 Cp 
Code 1145004  Validity 01.08.2010 -
Name Scientific Thought and the History of Science  Abbreviation Scientific Thou 
Credits1.5-3 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeGraduate Studies Subject0165 Philosophy 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   GradingFail-Pass 
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Organisation UEF Doctoral School 

Ossi Lindqvist 
Merja Lyytikäinen 

Learning outcomes 

Development of general critical thinking in the formulation of methods and hypotheses, also in relation to the history of science, in scientific writing, and in scientific thinking at large.


The discussions cover the basic questions of the philosophy of science as well as the methods of thought, also in the historical context, including methods of inference and hypothesis construction, by both theoretical and practical points of view. A short introduction into the sociology of science is also given.

Modes of study 

Participation in lectures and an essay prepared at home.

Teaching methods 


Study materials 

Hand outs, a list of reading material will be given on lectures.

Evaluation criteria 

Passed / failed


Ossi V. Lindqvist


The course is mainly intended for the young scientists and teachers for their Ph.D., but also other interested students are welcome.




Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
No teaching

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