Integrating Philosophy of Science in Civil Engineering: An Integrative Course Design Strategy

Miles A.J. MacLeod*

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Many philosophers of science think scientific practice can benefit from philosophical concepts, and as such philosophy of science should play a direct role in science and engineering education. In this paper we consider a highly integrative course design strategy for integrating philosophy of science in specific disciplinary educational programmes through adaptation, operationalization and embedding of philosophy of science material to fit both the scientific and educational structure of a programme. The goal of the strategy is to help encourage students to recognize the value of philosophical concepts to scientific decision making and to apply them in their own scientific practice. We use the example of a 7.5 ECTS civil engineering course which implements this design at a European technical university, to elaborate these concepts, and present some evidence on how students receive the course. We discuss some of challenges and limitations of implementing this kind of strategy for teaching philosophy of science.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105
JournalEuropean journal for philosophy of science
Issue number4
Early online date2 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


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