History and Philosophy of Science

Course Information
TitleΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΟΣΟΦΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΗΣ / History and Philosophy of Science
CodeNGGN 733E
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600019072

Programme of Study: PPS-Tmīma Geōlogías (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses743

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
1) To learn how scientific research is conducted and evolved. To distinguish the categories of scientific research, their particular characteristics and their utility in society. 2) To raise awareness of ethics, gender equality, environmental and social issues. 3) Understand how science progresses in history. What is the role of existing knowledge in scientific progress? 4) To find out the epistemological issues in each era and how they have influenced the development of theories for understanding nature. 5) To approach from the philosophical point of view the basic theories that have shaped the evolution of Geology to the present level.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The problem of defining science. Science as a methodology, as organized knowledge, as a problem-solving tool, as a social issue. Scientific research, Scientific observations, Scientific deduction and induction. Science and technology. Science and the Society. The role of the scientist in the society. Historical evolution of scientific thought: In the prehistoric period, In the classic era, In the Hellenistic times, In the Middle Ages, In Renaissance and Enlightenment Until the twentieth century, The last century. Historical evolution of Geology. Basic epistemological issues.
Scientific Research, Technology, Science in History, Epistemology, Evolution of Geology
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
1) All class material is available in electronic form to all students through the course web page 2) The teacher communicates with students through email. 3) The class evaluation is performed through the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Course Organization
Reading Assigment18
Written assigments18
Student Assessment
Quality management system of the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Student Assessment methods
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
«Στοιχεία φιλοσοφίας της επιστήμης», Παπαζάχος Βασίλειος Κ.,ISBN: 960-431-181-6, Εκδόσεις Ζήτη, 1992. «Αρχαία Ελληνική Επιστήμη, Από το Θαλή στον Αριστοτέλη» G.E.R Lloyd Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, σ 158, 2005. «Η Ελληνική Επιστήμη μετά τον Αριστοτέλη» G.E.R Lloyd Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, σ 231, 2007. «Οι Φυσικές Επιστήμες το Μεσαίωνα» Edward Grant Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, σ 190, 1994. «Η εξέλιξη των θεωριών της Φυσικής» Ευτύχης Μπιτσάκης, Εκδόσεις Δαίδαλος, σ 351, 2008. «Παν-γαία» Σπύρος Παυλίδης, Leader Books, σ 199, 2007. «Παμμήτειρα Γαία, Διαχρονική Φυσιογνωστική και Φιλοσοφική προσέγγιση» Γεώργιος Στουρνάρας, University Studio Press, σ 375, 2017.
Additional bibliography for study
Θεματικές παρουσιάσεις σε διαφάνειες των διδασκόντων “Philosophy of Science: a very short Introduction”, Samir Okasha, Oxford University Press, p 140, 2016. «Η Δομή των Επιστημονικών Επαναστάσεων», Thomas Kuhn, Σύγχρονα Θέματα, σ 257, 1981. «Οι Έλληνες φιλόσοφοι. Από τον Θαλή ως τον Αριστοτέλη», W. K. C. Guthrie, «Παπαδήμας», 2007.
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