Epistemological Foundations

IS 901 für Doktoranden (Center for Doctoral Studies in Business)


HWS 2018/2019
Verantwortlicher Dozent Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl
Veranstaltungs­art Seminar
Leistungs­punkte 8 ECTS
Sprache Englisch
Prüfungs­form und -umfang Schriftliche Arbeit (60%), Diskussion und Diskurs (40%)
Infos für Studierende Registrierung: CDSB Website bis zum 31.08.2018
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Luise Bühler

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  • Kurzbeschreibung

    This course is designed for doctoral students in information systems and other managerial disciplines. It provides a basic understanding of philosophy of science and its epistemological foundations. On the one hand, the course will focus on those concepts which derive knowledge from observation, induc-tion, and refutation of facts. Furthermore, it also takes experiments as well as the new experimentalism into account in order to refer to those disciplines that focus on the evaluation of artifacts like proto-types and algorithms for example. Thus, the underlying epistemological foundations are of central in-terest to every doctoral student who studies the structure and behavior of information systems and operations/logistics phenomena. The course will be offered in an interactive style. All doctoral students have to offer at least one presentation and a documentation regarding a specific epistemological stance. Assignment of topics will be conducted by the lecturer.

  • Vorlesung

    Dozent Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl


    Datum Thema Raum Literatur
    13.45 h - 17.00 h
    - Introduction
    - Literature overview
    - Topic definition for seminar paper
    Raum 715, L 15, 1-6 n.a.
    13:45 h - 17.00 h
    - Science as knowledge derived from the facts of experience
    - Observation and experiments as practical intervention
    - Deriving theories from facts: induction
    - Limitations of positivism
    Raum 715, L 15, 1-6 Chalmers, pp. 1-58
    13:45 h - 17.00 h
    - Falsificationism, sophisticated falsificationism, and its limitations
    Raum 715, L 15, 1-6 Chalmers, pp. 59-103
    13:45 h - 17.00 h
    Non method-centric stances:
    - Kuhn’s paradigms
    - Lakatos’ research programs
    - Feyerabend’s anarchistic theory of science
    - Methodical changes in method
    Raum 715, L 15, 1-6 Chalmers, pp. 104-173
    13:45 h - 17:00 h
    Bridging the past and the future:
    - The „new“ experimentalism
    - Why should the world obey laws?
    - Realism and anti-realism
    Raum 715, L 15, 1-6 Chalmers, pp. 193-246
    13:45 h - 17:00 h
    Philosophical foundations of other disciplines: social science, psychology, and computer science. Raum 715, L 15, 1-6 tba
    30.11.2018 Buffer Raum 715, L 15, 1-6  
  • Bewertung

    Seminar Paper and Presentation

    You are requested to retrieve additional literature which deepens the respective stances. This will also frame and guide your seminar paper. The latter will be presented at the beginning of the subsequent session. Time format is 30 min for the presentation plus 30 min for the joint discussion.


    During the first session, topics will be assigned to participating doctoral students. Each student will be asked to elaborate a presentation with regard to the assigned topic which goes beyond the introductory literature as well as to lead the discussion regarding his/her topic. Further details will be provided in the first session.

  • Literatur

    This book represents a starting point. It will be the basis for the discussion sessions:

    • Chalmers, A.F.: What is this thing called science? 4th edition, Hill and Wang Publisher, 2013.
      Chalmers, A.F.: Wege der Wissenschaft: Einführung in die Wissenschafts­theorie (German Editi-on), Springer 2006

    Recommendable is also the following book for further studies:

    • Curd, M.; Cover, J.A., Pincock, C.: Philosophy of Science - the Central Issues, 2nd edition, Nor-ton publishers, 2012

    For session 6, the sources will be specified according to the topics selected.