Philosophy, Theology, and the Origins of Modern Science|
Fall 2008 not offered
In this seminar, we will examine the interplay of philosophical, theological, and scientific ideas during the time of the scientific revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries. Many of the founding figures of early modern science also wrote about philosophy, theology, and Biblical interpretation. Scholars have argued that some of them, like Newton and Boyle, were guided in their scientific work by their own particular views in philosophy and theology. For others, like Hobbes and Laplace, the emergence of modern science seemed to marginalize theology and much of traditional philosophy. Using primary and secondary sources, we will examine the rich interplay of philosophical, theological, and scientific ideas in this period.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)
We will read primary works by Galileo, Descartes, Hobbes, Boyle, Newton, Leibniz and Laplace, supplemented by secondary writings by Klaaren, Dobbs/Jacob, and Barbour.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three 8-10 page papers. Students will also be expected to participate in discussion and to take turns leading discussion.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
At least two courses in PHIL or SISP. (Courses in history of science from other departments can also count towards the prerequisites.)