Science & Religion                                                Spring ‘10

 

Course Outline

 

Science&Religion

 

 

 

 

Readings Part I (Epistemology)

 

Introduction

 

Marvillo Chapter 1

 

Cambridge Companion Chapters 1&2

 

Barbour 1997

 

Watts & Dutton

 

 

General Epistemology

 

First Meditation - Descartes

 

Barbour 1997

 

Swinburne – Cosmological Argument

 

Epistemology of Science

 

Demarcation Problem

 

Alexander & Bird – Philosophy of Science

 

Popper & Kuhn

 

 

Epistemology of Religion

 

Plantinga – Reason & Belief

 

Plantinga & Tooley – Knowledge

 

Swinburne – Cosmological Argument

Mackie – Evil & Omnipotence

 

 

Readings Part II (Quantum Mechanics, Cosmology and Evolution)

 

 

Quantum Physics

Why I stopped worrying and started to love Physics – Lecture Slides

Philosophical Issues in Quantum Physics and Metaphysical Implications- Lecture Slides

Barbour 1997

Whittaker A,  Einstein Bohr and the Quantum Dilemma- Chapter 5

Whittaker A,  Einstein Bohr and the Quantum Dilemma- Chapter 6

Is there a moon when nobody look? Reality and the Quantum Theory by David Mermin

Is scientific realism compatible with quantum physics by Arthur Fine

Critical Realism in Science and Religion (Reading from Belief in God in an Age of Science by John Polkinghorne)

Barth, Bohr and Dialectic by James Loder and Jim Neidhart

 

Relativity and Thermodynamics

Relativity & Thermodynamics : Our Understanding of Space and Time – Lecture Slides

Inside Relativity by Mook and Vargash Chapter 4

Inside Relativity by Mook and Vargash Chapter 5

Time (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 

Time Really Passes by J. Norton  

Simultaneity by J. Norton

The Special Theory of Relativity and Theories of Divine Eternity by W.C Lane

 

Cosmology

Cosmology: Introduction to the Modern Theory - Lecture Slides

The Cosmological Argument - Lecture Slides

Cosmologies in different Religions - Lecture Slides

The Cosmological Argument (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

 

 

Evolution, Intelligent Design and Creationism

Theory of Evolution – Lecture Slides (Prof. Usman Qazi)

Evolution, Intelligent Design – Debate

Intelligent Design

Creationism

Evolution, Intelligent Design – Debate

Intelligent Design (Excerpts from ‘Darwin’s Black Box by M. Behe)

Intelligent Design and the Supernatural -- the 'God or Extraterrestrials' Reply by Elliot Sober

Molecular Machines: Experimental Support for the Design Inference by Michael Behe

The Flagellum Unspun: The Collapse of "Irreducible Complexity by Kenneth Miller

 

 

Readings Part III (Mind)

Mind: Basic Issues - Lecture Slides

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timings: 12:00-1:50

Venue: A-6