Courses Fall 2021

PT-PS-1410 Philosophy of Nature and Science

Click here for the Course Syllabus.

Books to Buy

Students are not required to buy these texts, but they are responsible for having a copy for their sole use during the course. The Library provides a book exchange for students to pass on books they no longer need to other students, and is located in the library office. Please consider donating gently used textbooks. Identify any book to be dropped off for the swap so that they can be marked. Donation to the swap is not necessary to take books from it.

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Recommended Texts

Recommended texts are those from which not enough reading assignments are drawn to warrant asking students to provide their own copies or those that instructors think will enhance a student’s appreciation of the subject matter of the course. Any reading assignments drawn from these texts will be available on reserve.

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Electronic Reserve

Below are links to required or recommended texts available in an electronic format. For physical reserve items, please refer to the course syllabus.

Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics
Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles bk2 ch24
Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles bk3 ch19.4
Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles bk3 ch22-23
Ashley, Causality and Evolution
Augros, A Bigger Physics
Baglow, Catholic Scientists throughout the Ages
Baglow, Strange Signs and Deceptive Discoveries
Barr, Faith and Structure of the Cosmos
Carroll, Aquinas Creation and Contemporary Cosmology
Christian, Origin Story
Copernicus, On the Revolutions
Danielson, Copernicus and the Tale of the Pale Blue Dot
Danielson, Great Copernican Cliche
Harre, Great Scientific Experiments
Jastrow, God and the Astronomers
John Paul II, Lessons of the Galileo Case
John Paul II, Message on Evolution
Langford, Galileo Science and Church
Rizzi, The Science Before Science
Tkacz, A Designer Universe: Chance, Design, and Cosmic Order
Vatican, Humani Generis
Vatican, Message to the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences: On Evolution
Wallace, Causality, Analogy, and Scientific Growth
Weinberg, The First Three Minutes
Weinberg, What about God

Presentations:
Scientific Methodology
Dimethyl Ether and Ethanol
Discovery of Nature
Nature and Mechanism
Catholic Scientists and Religion
Modeling of Nature
Two Books of Revelation
Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics