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Veranstaltungen von M.A. Marcus Kronfeldt


How to Learn About the World by Trying to Prove Yourself Wrong - An Introduction to Applied Critical Rationalism (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Marcus Kronfeldt

wöchentlich | Freitag | 12:15 - 13:45 | 17.10.2022 - 03.02.2023 | C 1.209 | C 1.209

Inhalt: The empirical approach to understanding reality is a central feature of scientific thinking and research. It is based on the assumption that reality is composed of objective, more or less observable facts, constituting a reliable foundation for real knowledge. But what effect does this empiricist point of view have on the understanding of knowledge and science? Moreover, is there a ‘manual’ for scientific work that can be derived from all this? To provide one possible answer to these questions, the seminar will first address some general epistemological baselines (reality vs perception; basic empirical approaches) and discuss central difficulties in the field (e.g. problem of induction). The second part of the seminar will feature an introduction to critical rationalism, mainly focusing on the “toolkit” for empirical research it provides. In this context, students will be able to familiarize themselves with the logic and general method of falsification, learn about its importance for the research process and develop the skills to apply it in the course of their own studies. Throughout the last few sessions, all students will get the chance to present their analyses of selected applications of critical rationalism, making use of the knowledge and skills they aquired. --- The seminar is mainly text-based and conducted in an interactive style. It revisits contents from the lecture, taking a closer look at some of the topics discussed.