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PHIL 1705 Being Human: The Philosophical Problem of Nature and Mathematical Knowledge (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

The inscription above the entrance to Plato’s Academy read: “Let no one enter here who has not studied Euclid”--the father of geometry. Thinkers have sought to understand the world through mathematics. This course will examine how mathematical concepts in the study of nature shape human knowledge, and how these systems of knowledge influence our perspective of human nature. Starting with the Greeks who viewed mathematics as the soul’s direct window to reality, we will then progress to the scientific revolution during which mathematical understandings of nature have improved the human capacity to predict natural events.


Instructor(s): Colin Connors

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions


Last Updated: 02-Mar-17