Program :

Baccalaureate in Philosophy

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Teacher :

Dr Pamplany Augustine


The course, Philosophy of Science is an exploration of the epistemic, philosophical, religious and ethical implications of the major developments in the various branches of natural science. A major focus of the course is to understand the and interpret the profound insights of the Christian revelation in a worldview that is dominated by science. The first part of the course discusses the epistemic uniqueness as well as distinctiveness of both science, philosophy and religion. The epistemological analysis will show that despite the epistemic differences between the experimental, speculative and revelatory forms of knowledge, an integral vision of truth needs to find the hermeneutical complementarity between these modes of knowledge. Having set the epistemological platforms ready for this interdisciplinary project, the course moves on to introduce the major schools of philosophy of science like logical positivism, historicism and historical realism. The course further dwells on the developments in Physical Sciences, Cosmology, and Life Sciences and spell out the philosophical and religious implications of these developments along with the ethical challenges present in them. The course concludes with the intersection of neuroscience and neuroreligion. Using the tools of rational hermeneutics, the course aims at developing a scientifically informed holistic thinking on God, world and Human in a language sensible to the modern human.


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  2. John M. Mangum (ed.), The New Faith-Science Debate – Probing Cosmology, Technology and Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1989).
  3. Werner Heisenberg, The Physicists Conception of Nature (London: The Scientific Book Guild, 1962.
  4. Willem B. Drees, Beyond the Big Bang – Quantum Cosmologies and God (La Salle: Open Court, 1990).
  5. Job Kozhamthadam (ed.), Contemporary Science and Religion in Dialogue:  Challenges and Opportunities (Pune: ASSR Publications, 2002).
  6. John D. Barrow, The Origin of the Universe (New York: Basic Books, 1994).
  7. Alan Guth, The Inflationary Universe (New York: Helix Books, 1997).
  8. Francis Collins, Language of God (New York: Free Press, 2006).
  9. Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman, How God Changes Your Brain (New York: Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2009).
  10. Artigas, M., Knowing Things for Sure. Science and Truth, University Press of America, Lanham 2006.
  11. Brown, H. L, Perception, Theory and Commitment. The New Philosophy of Science, Precedent Publishing, Chicago 1977.
  12. Losee, J., A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Science, 4th ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford 2001.
  13. Anderson, G., Criticism and the History of Science: Kuhns, Lakatos‟ and Feyerabend‟s Criticisms of Critical Rationalism (Leiden, and New York: Brill, 1994).
  14. Brown, H., Rationality (London: Routledge, 1988).
  15. Feyerabend, P., Against Method (London: New Left Books, 1975).
  16. Oldroyd, D., The Arch of Knowledge: An Introductory Study of the History of the Philosophy and Methodology of Science, Routledge Kegan & Paul, London 1986.
  17. French, St., Philosophy of Science. Key Concepts, Bloomsbury, London 2016.
  18. Wallace, W. A., The Modelling of Nature. Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Nature in Synthesis, The Catholic University of America Press, Washington DC 1996.
  19. Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolution (Chicago and London: Chicago University Press, 2012).