About Philosophy of Science

Science shapes the modern world. Applications of scientific knowledge permeate our everyday lives, and the results of science strongly influence our view of the world.

  • But what is a science?
  • Why are scientific results considered particularly credible?
  • Is there a uniform scientific method, and if so, what distinguishes it?
  • What are scientific theories and how are they related?
  • Are there systematic limits to scientific knowledge?
  • What constitutes a scientific explanation?

These are issues that concern the philosophy of science. It often addresses common ideas about a science and critically examines them, even with recourse to the history of science. Within the philosophy of science, we distinguish between the epistemology of the science, which examines processes, conditions and limits of the acquisition of knowledge, and the metaphysics of the science, which enables individual scientific results to be fruitful for metaphysical questions.

Research interests

Probabilities and their interpretation Prof. Dr. Dr. Claus Beisbart 
The epistemology of modelling and experiment Prof. Dr. Dr. Claus Beisbart 
Limits of knowledge Prof. Dr. Dr. Claus Beisbart 
Ceteris Paribus laws Dr. Matthias Unterhuber 
Couterfactual Conditionals Dr. Matthias Unterhuber 
Generica  Dr. Matthias Unterhuber 
Scientific Realism Dr. Matthias Egg 
Explanation theory Dr. Matthias Egg 
Philosophy of climate science Prof. Dr. Vincent Lam 
Concept of life and exobiology Prof. Dr. Dr. Claus Beisbart 
  Dr. Andrea Loettgers 
Philosophy of cosmology  Prof. Dr. Dr. Claus Beisbart 
Philosophy of statistical physics  Prof. Dr. Dr. Claus Beisbart 
Philosophy of quantum physics  Dr. Matthias Egg  Prof. Dr. Vincen Lam 
Philosophy of particle physics  Dr. Matthias Egg
Philosophy of spacetime physics  Prof. Dr. Vincent Lam