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The goal of the seminar is to analyze philosophical issues in science from both historical and analytical perspectives.

Philosophy in Science is a method of philosophical reflection which is carried out in the context of the sciences. Philosophical ideas have often influenced – and continue to influence – the development and evolution of scientific theories; traditional philosophical problems are intertwined with empirical theories and the assumptions of science should become the subject of fruitful debate. Philosophy in Science should be distinguished from philosophy of science: while the latter views science 'from beyond', the former stems from scientific practice. The conception of philosophy in science was developed by Michael Heller, who clarified its basic principles in a paper published in 1986 entitled "How is Philosophy in Science possible?"

The seminar is funded from the research grant The Limits of Scientific Explanation, awarded by The John Templeton Foundation.