[FE 1006]  BAC. 1st yr Philosophy of Nature I – 24.25

Semester I
wednesday 08:30 - 10:15

Course Information

Professor: DAVENPORT, Thomas
Email: xw [email protected]

Language: English

Semester I
wednesday 08:30 - 10:15


This course aims to answer fundamental questions about physical nature. What are the common principles and causes underlying all natural things? It emphasizes the perennial notions of natural philosophy in the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition, while engaging with issues and concerns from contemporary science. It will analyze the phenomenon of change in mobile beings using concepts of act and potency. Next it studies the notions of substance and accidents. Lastly, we examine the notions of form and matter more generally and the hylomorphic synthesis.


Bibliography :ARISTOTLE, Categories, Physics; THOMAS AQUINAS, Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics, (In VIII libros Physicorum Expositio), translated by R. J. Blackwell, Notre Dame Indiana: Dumb Ox Books, 1999; W. A. WALLACE, The Modelling of Nature, Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America, 1996; D. MCINERNY, The Philosophy of Nature, Lincoln: The Alquin Press, 2001.; M. DODDS, The Philosophy of Nature, Oakland: Western Dominican Province, 2010