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THEO 5552 God, Ethics and Neuroscience (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course examines some important questions regarding relationships between belief in God and scientific approaches to humanity and the natural world. We explore both the arguments for the incompatibility between science and theism, as well as constructive ways of understanding their potential relationships. We will examine major historical contributors to the discussion including Aquinas, Galileo, and Darwin. Central methodological questions focus on forms of naturalism, reductionism, and evolution. Other course topics include the ethical significance of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, particularly concerning the relation between brain and mind, the meaning of responsibility, and the natural basis of moral decision-making.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Patrick Byrne and Stephen Pope

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: PHIL5552

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Last Updated: 03-Feb-15