Description and Objectives
This course will offer an age-appropriate philosophical study of the claims made by modern science. In particular, the course will attempt to give students a sense of the difference between “science” and its philosophical counterpart – scientific materialism – with which it is often confused.
|· Classic notion of a “science”
· Kinds of “change”
· Critical analysis of models of cosmic origin
· The (inverse) relationship between “certainty” and “accuracy”
- Modern Physics and Ancient Faith. Barr, Stephen. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003.
- Quizzes(60% of the total): one each week (Thursday) comprised of a single, short-answer question. Ideally there will be a total of between 5-6 quizzes each quarter.
- Tests(40% of the total): two each quarter, with their format exclusively comprised of multiple choice questions.
One extra-credit assignment may be offered toward the conclusion of each quarter.
The hallmark of any academically successful student is diligence. In our circumstances, it is a “forward leaning” disposition towards academic work – its care and completion.
The acquisition of this virtue should be highly sought-after for its applicability not only to academic studies, but a host of non-academic contexts throughout one’s life.
Students can even have little interest in a given subject, but still exhibit a diligence toward assignments or in tackling course difficulties, and yet remain academically successful within the course.