CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY, AND RELIGION (ST)
This course aims to understand recent interactions between the sciences, philosophy, and religion through four separate two-way “conversations”: 1) The philosophy of biology and the definition of life; 2) The evolution of the moral instinct – how did we become moral animals?; 3) The evolution of religion from anthropological and sociological perspective – how did we become religious animals?; and 4) Religious appeals to the sciences, through both “Intelligent Design” and other options provided by the sciences. The course will include one 2-3 page paper, one 4-5 page paper, and one 6-8 page paper on a topic of the student’s choosing. Students will also be graded on class participation and leading one discussion session. The class meets Tuesday and Thursdays from 8 to 9:30 am.