The courses at the section Philosophy & Ethics focus primarily on philosophical problems raised by science and technology. Many courses examine the ethical issues raised by technology in general as well as by specific kinds of technology. The ethics of healthcare technology, for example, aims to develop sensitivity to ethical issues that arise in the development and use of healthcare technology, as well as a general understanding of related ethical positions and arguments. Many courses examine the nature and development of technological and scientific knowledge. As part of these courses, we ask questions such as what differentiates scientific from technological knowledge, how does technological innovation work and how are scientific discoveries made.
Our courses aim not only to give students the theoretical tools needed to step back and critically examine their areas of study, but also actually to engage in such an examination. In addition, students develop general research skills that are of use in all areas of study.
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