[FE 2158]  Sciences and Philosophy – 23.24

Semester II
monday 09:30 - 12:15

Course Information

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

Language: English

Semester II
monday 09:30 - 12:15


This course aims to answer various fundamental questions about contemporary science and philosophy. What is science? How is it related to philosophy and, specifically, the philosophy of nature? We will explain the compatibility and mutual enrichment that should exist between the practice and claims of science and philosophy. Beginning with a historical overview of the development of modern science. We will then consider the philosophical questions raised by the success of science, as well as some of its historical dead ends. Finally, we will investigate the ways science seems to challenge certain aspects of the Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy of nature, and even raise issues for Christian faith more broadly, presenting arguments for broader compatibility


J. LADYMAN, Understanding the Philosophy of Science (Routledge Press: 2002); L. PRINCIPE, The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press: 2011); W. A. WALLACE, The Modelling of Nature (Catholic University of America Press, 1996); R. NUMBERS, Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths About Science and Religion (Harvard University Press, 2010)