PHIL 312 Spring 2015 Philosophical Implications of Modern Physics (Q)

Cross Listed as PHYS312
Some of the discoveries made by physicists over the last century seem to show that our common sense views are deeply at odds with our most sophisticated and best confirmed scientific theories. The course will present the essential ideas of relativity theory and quantum theory and explore their implications for philosophy. We will ask, for example, what these theories tell us about the nature of space, time, probability and causality.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance, participation, problem sets, exams, six 1- to 2-page papers and a 12- to 15-page term paper
Additional Info: meets the Division 2 requirement if registration is under PHIL; Division 3 requirement if registration under PHYS
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Prerequisites: MATH 140, high-school physics, and either a 200-level course in philosophy or a 100-level course in physics
Enrollment Preference: Philosophy majors and Physics majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
Other Attributes: PHIL Contemp Metaphysics & Epistemology Courses
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3591
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
PHIL 312 - 01 (S) LEC Philosophy and Modern Physics (Q) Division 2: Social StudiesQuantitative and Formal Reasoning William K. Wootters
, Keith E. McPartland
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM 3591
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