Philosophy in Science

Course’s type: specialty-specific
Elective course: Yes
Hours: 30
ECTS points: 2 (4)
Lecturer dr hab. Paweł POLAK, prof. UPJPII

Important note: Due to coronavirus epidemic university closure this lecture will be delivered online since March 18, 2020 at

Basic knowledge about history of philosophy and philosophy of science.

to present main metaphilosophical concepts concerning Michael Heller’s concept ‘philosophy in science’ with focus on interdisciplinary perspective

Learning contents:
a. Philosophy in science – a short history of a concept (incl. source text analysis)
b. Philosophy in science as a metaphilosophical concept
c. Fundamental role of interdisciplinary methodology
d. Philosophy in science as a framework for science and religion studies
e. Philosophy in science and Krakow philosophy of nature
f. Case studies

Assessment method, credit requirements:
grading on a base of own's final paper defence (topic interwined with the philosophy in science)
There will be no penalty for the late work.
Student's activity during the class as well the discussion of the paper may raise one's grade.
Attendance is mandatory.

Criteria for grading an essay and defence:
• clarity,
• content development,
• use of evidence,
• analysis,
• logic and argumentation.

Primary literature:

  1. Heller M., How is Philosophy in Science Possible?, „Philosophical Problems in Science (Zagadnienia Filozoficzne w Nauce)”, no. 66, 2019.
  2. Polak P., Philosophy in science: A name with a long intellectual tradition, „Philosophical Problems in Science (Zagadnienia Filozoficzne w Nauce)”, no. 66, 2019.
  3. Polak P., Philosophy in science – a case study of the reception of the Special and the General Theory of Relativity in Kraków and Lwów before 1925//, „Studia Historiae Scientiarum”, vol. 15, 2016, pp. 245–273.
  4. Krzanowski R., // Towards a Formal Ontology of Information. Selected Ideas of K. Turek, „Philosophical Problems in Science (Zagadnienia Filozoficzne w Nauce)”, no. 61, 2016, pp. 23–52.

Additional literature for Erasmus students:

  1. Trombik K., Origin and development of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies: A historical outline by 1993, „Philosophical Problems in Science (Zagadnienia Filozoficzne w Nauce)”, no. 66, 2019.
  2. Polak P., 19th century beginnings of the Kraków philosophy of nature, „Copernicus Center Reports”, vol. 4, 2013, pp. 83–93.

Supplementary literature:

  1. Heller M., Philosophy in science: an historical introduction, Heidelberg  – New York 2011. [accessible online free]