Topics in the Philosophy of Science

The pages in this section provide basic information on various topics in the Philosophy of Science. The topics chosen are mainly those taught in the IB HPS course at Cambridge, and the pages are primarily supposed to be useful for students on that course. I hope they are useful to other people as well, of course.

The summaries on these pages are very brief. There is not enough information for someone to actually learn the topics. However, in conjunction with the lectures and further reading, they should help you to see what the important points in a topic are, and get some idea of how they can fit together. Students in previous years have found these notes helpful, and I hope that you do too.


Descartes and Scepticism
Primary and Secondary Qualities
Justification of Induction