PHIL 312
Philosophical Implications of Modern Physics Spring 2019
Division II Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed PHIL 312 / SCST 312 / PHYS 312
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3776
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance, participation, problem sets, exams, six 1- to 2-page papers and a 12- to 15-page term paper
Prerequisites: MATH 140, high-school physics, and either a 200-level course in PHIL or a 100-level course in PHYS
Enrollment Preferences: Philosophy majors and Physics majors
Distributions: Division II Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: meets the Division 2 requirement if registration is under PHIL or SCST; Division 3 requirement if registration under PHYS
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PHIL 312 Division III SCST 312 Division III PHYS 312 Division III
Attributes: PHIL Contemp Metaphysics & Epistemology Courses

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