Metaphysics and Modern Science

Metaphysics and Modern Science

JPI 673
3 Credits

Modern science enjoys unparalleled authority in modern society not only because of its astonishing and undeniable success, but because of its alleged objectivity, because it is uncontaminated by metaphysical and theological prejudice judged to be irrational by modern conceptions of reason. This is both theoretically and historically questionable, however. This course will examine these claims, reflecting on the metaphysical foundations of modern science and the conceptions of being, nature, knowledge and truth presupposed and perpetuated by it.

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Michael Hanby portrait

Michael Hanby

Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy of Science

Dr. Hanby is author of No God, No Science?: Theology, Cosmology, Biology (Wiley-Blackwell 2013) which reassesses the relationship between the doctrine of creation, Darwinian evolutionary biology, and science more generally. He is also author of Augustine and Modernity (Routledge 2003).

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