PHIL 320 - The World-View of Modern Science
Winter 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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This is a course on science and religion. Some scientists claim that there is a fundamental conflict between the scientific method and the religious impulse, so that it is impossible to be both a good scientist and a religious believer. On the other hand, many of the most successful scientists throughout history, including in the present day, have been religious. Consulting relevant works of philosophy, we will examine the relationship between religion and science, asking whether there is any conflict between the two, and if so, what the nature of the conflict might be.

What is the scientific method, and what is the nature of religious faith? What is wrong with intelligent design explanations in biology? Is an intelligent designer required to explain the origin of life, or the "fine tuning" of the laws of physics that permit life to exist? Does science give us reason to doubt that we have free will? We will study these questions, among others.

Course Requirements:

Short response paper (2-3 p), one longer paper (6-8 p), midterm essay exam and final exam. Active class participation is also required.

Intended Audience:

This course is appropriate for all undergraduates, but especially for students with previous background in philosophy or some field of science.

Class Format:

Two 1.5-hour small-classroom meetings per week, incorporating both lecture and classroom discussion.


PHIL 320 - The World-View of Modern Science
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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