259.446 Science and the quest for knowledge
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, SE, 1.0h, 1.0EC, to be held in blocked form

Course evaluation


  • Semester hours: 1.0
  • Credits: 1.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to critically review science and (in contrast to science) other methods of gaining "truth".

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This course aims to encourage general critical reflections regarding the role of science and the scientific method in generation of knowledge. Following a concise introdution to the scientific methods, the course will address  the relative standing of science amongst other expressions of human quest for understanding and interpreting the natural world and the human condition.

Subject of course

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This course addresses the quintessence of the scientific worldview in the context of other traditions and institutions invested in understanding and interpreting the world. An introductory treatment of science and the scietific method will be followed by reflections on other purported methods of investigation of the natural world and the human conditions. These reflections address, amongst others, traditions and institutions in the areass of philosophy, arts, and religion. The focus will be on the "how" and "why" questions, their meaning as relevant to the natural world and social settings, and if and to which extent they can be answered by science alone.

Teaching methods

  • Lectures and Discussions
  • Written Reflection (for grading)

Mode of examination


Additional information


All units require full and mandatory (online) presence.

6 2h Blocks end of November.

These meetings will happen online / ZOOM (ZOOM Link in TUWEL)


lecture2593@tuwien.ac.at (Subject: Number of lecture & issue)

E-Mails to other adresses can and will not be processed.

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)



Examination modalities

Presence, Active contribution to the discussion in class, timely delivery of brief written reflections

In Detail:

  • written reflexion
  • further details will be discussed in class.

Course registration

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Registration modalities

Note: details about grading / admission will be provided in the first session.



No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Interest on the discussed issues.

This course may not be appropriate for colleagues who are not interested in general conceptional reflections regarding science and culture. Thus, such colleagues may want to consider taking a different course.

Accompanying courses