At the beginning of the 1600s, Galileo inaugurated the Scientific Revolution, which in turn brought about revolutions in philosophy and theology. In this course, we will examine Descartes’ attempt to find a a new philosophy, some responses to his attempt, and Hume’s reassertion of skepticism. We will then look at Kant’s attempt to reconcile Humean skepticism with the certainty of Newtonian physics. Finally, we will examine Hegel’s attempt to synthesize history, mathematics, science, art, and religion into a single comprehensive system. Throughout the course, we will be looking at philosophical method and its implications for theology. The course will involve both lecture and discussion. Students will be required to ask weekly questions, write 3 short papers and write a final exam.
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