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Epistemology - 4AMEP401

  • Number of hours

    • Lectures 4.5
    • Projects -
    • Tutorials -
    • Internship -
    • Laboratory works -
    • Written tests -


    ECTS 0.0


  • to complement the training of engineering students with general knowledge on the history of science, epistemology and the interactions between science, technology and society
  • to provide some understanding of the dynamic nature of scientific thought and the science/society dialectic
  • to develop students' capacity for debate, preparing them to participate in public debate both as citizens and as future experts in the implementation of certain technologies




  • Technology and civilisation: the main steps
  • Technology and civilisation: differential analysis
  • A different subject chosen every year, e.g.:
    • Mathematics: discovery or invention?
    • Darwin, the evolution of species
    • Space, time, matter, energy, cosmology and the question of the origin
    • The digital revolution and artificial intelligence: impacts, limits, dangers
    • How to conduct a citizen debate in relation to scientific knowledge

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Any general BSc training in science


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The course exists in the following branches:

see the course schedule for 2022-2023

Additional Information

Course ID : 4AMEP401
Course language(s): FR

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  • Technology and society : a world history, Andrew Ede, Cambridge University Press, 2019
  • The rise of modern science explained: a comparative history, H. Floris Cohen, Cambridge University Press, 2015
  • Du mode d’existence des objets techniques, Gilbert Simondon, Aubier, 2012
  • Techniques, technologie et civilisation, Marcel Mauss, Presses Universitaires de France, 2012
  • The path to sustained growth, E.A. Wrigley, Cambridge University Press, 2016
  • Histoire des techniques : de l’outil à la machine, Jean Baudet, Vuibert 2004
  • Histoire des techniques : de l’outil au système, Jean Baudet, Vuibert 2016
  • La technique ou l’enjeu du siècle, Jacques Ellul, Economica, 2008