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The Philosophy of Nature


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Michel Accad
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The Philosophy of Nature

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PHILOSOPHY OF NATURE AND MAN SYLLABUS

The ordering of the cosmos and of man by God toward Himself is an essential item of the Christian faith which is strengthened when man’s faculty of reason recognizes this order through philosophical reflection. This course, which assumes little prior knowledge of philosophy, covers the basic principles of the philosophy of nature and man, including basic principles of metaphysics. Such a philosophy, developed by Aristotle and clarified by St Thomas Aquinas, provides students of theology the rational tools and framework to deepen their understanding of revealed truths.
Some of the lectures refer to the Master of Sacred Arts program for which some of this material was originally created. This material is appropriate to this course too and so the decision was made to keep it intact.

 

Texts for the course:

 

  1. Dodds, M. The Philosophy of Nature.  Available at Lulu.com.  Paperback: http://bit.ly/2DvBxuD eBook: http://bit.ly/2CjBV2d
  2. Dodds, M. Philosophical Anthropology. Available at Lulu.com. Paperback: http://bit.ly/2liVspW
  3. Searle, John. Minds, Brains, and Science. Harvard University Press.  Available on Amazon.com
  4. Clarke, W. Norris. Person and Being. Marquette University Press. Available on Amazon.com
  5. Readings assignments for selected texts from Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas are available free online at http://classics.mit.edu/Browse/browse-Aristotle.html and http://dhspriory.org/thomas.
  6. Other reading assignments will be provided in each lesson’s folder as downloadable material. 

 

Introduction to the course

  1. Introduction to the philosophical approach
  2. First principles of accidental change
  3. Substantial change
  4. Prime matter
  5. Substantial form
  6. Platonic forms
  7. Ancient philosophical accounts of nature
  8. Substances: reductionism and emergentism versus hylomorphism
  9. Elements and the doctrine of “virtual presence” part 1
  10. Elements and the doctrine of “virtual presence” part 2
  11. Nature
  12. Principles of causality
  13. REVIEW!
  14. Quantity and motion
  15. Scientific challenges I
  16. Scientific challenges II
  17. Life I
  18. Life II
  19. The soul
  20. Vegetative life
  21. Vegetative life and cells
  22. Knowledge
  23. Sense knowledge I
  24. Colors and reality
  25. Internal senses I
  26. Sense appetite
  27. The Intellect I
  28. The intellect II
  29. The intellect III
  30. The will I
  31. The will II
  32. Review
  33. Artificial intelligence, mind and brain
  34. Artificial intelligence, mind, and brain
  35. The human soul and its immortality
  36. The origin of the human soul and being
  37. Biological evolution
  38. Person and Being I
  39. Person and Being II
  40. Person and Being III
  41. Person and Being IV
  42. SPECIAL TOPIC I: Natural philosophy and the artist
  43. SPECIAL TOPIC II: The Creative imagination
  44. SPECIAL TOPIC III: Health

 

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Faculty are permitted to refer to notable past work and achievements (including publications and educational activities not offered by Pontifex University, and even those offered for personal profit) in their published biography on the Pontifex website and course promotions. In the context of educational activities undertaken for Pontifex University, including videos, live or recorded, teachers, can recommend or bring to the attention such work for students (even if for personal profit, for example, books or podcasts) but only with approval by Pontifex University and when it is related to the teaching purpose of the class.  An instructor’s related work will be noted in the syllabus as appropriate.  Instructors may use their own materials as required in their courses and learning events as long as the materials are appropriate for the particular learning event.

 

Failure to comply with this policy will result in a warning or administration modification of course materials. Violations of this policy should be reported to the Provost.

 

Here is the class outline:

1. Welcome & Introduction to the Philosophical Approach

2. First principles of accidental change

3. Substantial change

4. Primary matter

5. Substantial Form

6. Platonic forms

7. Ancient philosophical accounts of nature

8. Substances: reductionism and emergentism versus hylomorphism

9. Elements and the doctrine of "virtual presence" part 1

10. Elements and the doctrine of "virtual presence" part 2

11. Principles of Causality

12. Nature

13. REVIEW!

14. Quantity and Motion

15. Scientific Challenges I

16. Scientific Challenges II

17. Life I

18. Life II

19. The Soul and its powers

20. Vegetative Life

21. Vegetative life and cells

22. Knowledge

23. Sense Knowledge

24. Color Realism

25. Internal Senses

26. Sense Appetite

27. The Intellect I

28. The Intellect II

29. The Intellect III

30. The Will I

31. The Will II

32. Review

33. Modern Ideas on Mind and Brain I

34. Modern Ideas on Mind and Brain II

35. Immortality and Origin of the Human Soul

36. Origin of the Human Person

37. The Origin of Life and of Species

38. Person and Being I

39. Person and Being II

40. Person and Being III

41. Person and Being IV

42. SPECIAL TOPIC I - Philosophy and the Artist

43. SPECIAL TOPIC II - The Creative Imagination

44. SPECIAL TOPIC III - Health

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