Description
EARLY MODERN NATURAL PHILOSOPHIES
** available as of 06/30/2021
In this seminar we will explore the emergence of early modern natural philosophies. We will examine competing conceptions of the natural world that rose to prominence in the aftermath of the religious reforms of the sixteenth century, the Renaissance, the modern state and the formation of capitalistic economies. Our investigations will be based upon the works of major figures such as Galileo, Descartes and Newton, who referred to their style of inquiry as 'natural philosophical'. What was natural? What was philosophical? How did natural philosophy become mathematical and experimental? In sharp contrast to, or in harmony with medieval scholasticism? Was natural philosophy unified or dis-unified? What was the epistemic status of natural philosophical principles? Questions such as these will torture and nurture our minds during the seminar.
Details
Grading Basis
Grad LG/SNC Basis
Units
3
Offering
Course
HPS 2125
Academic Group
Dietrich Sch Arts and Sciences
Academic Organization
History & Philosophy of Sci
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus