Description
TELEOLOGY: HISTORY & THEORY
** available as of 06/30/2021
This course traces debates about the validity, nature and scope of teleological explanation in the study of the living world. Topics may include teleological reasoning in Ancient Greek science and philosophy, in Plato's Phaedo and Timaeus, Aristotle's biological works, the Epicurean criticism and Galen's defense of teleology; the debate between vitalism and mechanism in the 18th century; teleo-mechanism in the 19th century; debates about the place of teleology within evolutionary and developmental biology; and debates about the goal-directedness of development and behavior in the 20th century.
Details
Grading Basis
Grad LG/SNC Basis
Units
3
Offering
Course
HPS 2130
Academic Group
Dietrich Sch Arts and Sciences
Academic Organization
History & Philosophy of Sci
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus