DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY PHIL 381* – Philosophy of the Natural Sciences (2006) J. Mozersky First essay topics: 1. Explain and evaluate the positivist account of the nature of science. 2. Explain and evaluate Popper’s position on the demarcation between science and non-science. 3. Does Kuhn provide an adequate account of the nature of science? Why/Why not? 4. Is Lakatos’ view on the nature of science convincing? Explain your answer. 5. Explain and evaluate the Deductive-Nomological view of scientific explanation. Notes: Essays should be 5-6 pages in length (typed, double spaced, 12 pt font). Due date: Feb. 9th, 2006 Either hand your essays to me in class or else place them in the Philosophy Department Essay Drop Box before 4:30 p.m. on the due date. Late penalty: –5% per working day late (weekends = 1 day).