2018 Winter Courses - PHY 193-A Science And Belief

Course Description

Exploration of the relation between science and religion looking at selected historical episodes from St. Augustine to Richard Dawkins. Possible topics include: reactions to Copernican cosmology; the Galileo affair; rationalism and empiricism in the scientific revolution; Aristotelianism and mechanical philosophies; Puritanism and science; Enlightenment critique of religion; responses to Darwin; Big Bang cosmology and the fine-tuning argument; evolutionary psychology; the growth of anti-scientific sentiment within American fundamentalism.

Additional Information

    • Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions and Natural Scientific Inquiry requirements.

Course Instructor

Andre Goddu

Andre Goddu

André Goddu joined the Stonehill faculty in 1990 as a member of the Program in the History of Science, and became a member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2012.  He retired from full-time teaching in 2015, but teaches classes on science and religion and on astronomy in the scientific revolution on a part-time basis.  He has published a book on William of Ockham, and another on Nicholas Copernicus in addition to many journal articles.  His course, Science and Belief, deals with the relation between science and religion, reason and faith in the period from St. Augustine to the Newtonian Revolution, focusing in particular on the Galileo affair.