Master Program 2009-2010 (Pdf)
SFP003 Science and Religion: Recent history of relations between science and faith (1s, 2c, 3 ECTS)
D. Paul Haffner and associates
1) The relationship between Christian faith and the natural sciences as reflected in the interventions of the Magisterium of the last century. 2) The relationship today between science and faith as a bridge requires philosophical realism. 3) Points of contact between science and faith in the last century: a) the Big Bang theory, b) theories of evolution
Bibliography: P. Haffner, science and religion. Recent history of relations between science and faith, Rome 20092nd. Haffner, Creation and Science, Rome 20082nd, P. Haffner, The mystery of creation, Vatican City 1999, P. Haffner, Mystery of Creation, Leominster 1995, P. Haffner, The Mystery of Reason, Leominster 2001, SL Jaki, God and the Cosmologists, Vatican City, 1991; SL Jaki, The purpose of all, Milan 1994; SL Jaki, Bible and Science, 1996 Front Royal. G. Tanzella-Nitti and A. Strumia, Interdisciplinary Encyclopaedia of Religion and Science, Rome 2002.
SFP005 ancient philosophy, medieval world and modern science (2s, 2c, 3 ECTS)
P. Fernando Pascual, LC
The course considers, first, the reflections of Plato, Aristotle and other thinkers of the ancient world on science in general and on empirical knowledge in particular. Second, studies the continuities and discontinuities of old ideas in the medieval world. Finally, it examines the cultural and philosophical prepare for the birth of modern science, especially the similarities and differences in relation to the earlier thought.
Bibliography: Plato, Republic, Theaetetus, Timaeus. Aristotle, Metaphysics, Physics, animal reproduction. E. GILSON, The spirit of medieval philosophy, Morcelliana, Brescia 19986th. E. GRANT, the medieval origins of modern science. The religious context, institutional and intellectual, Giulio Einaudi Editore, Torino 2001. F. PASCUAL, Grados of saber en Platon. A lectura de la imagen de la "línea" This en la República de Platón, Universidad Anáhuac México Sur, México DF 2007. R. Pascual, "La división de las ciencias en Aristoteles," Alpha Omega 3 (2000), 46-47.
SFO008 History of Astronomy (1s, 2c, 3 ECTS)
Prof. Costantino Sigismondi
The aim of the course: the stages of the history of astronomy are discussed in a comprehensive way to provide an overview of fundamental scientific problems, related to the strategies and tools of measurement, interpretation and forecasting using models of phenomena.
Course Structure: Egyptian astronomy and the Chaldeans, Archimedes, Hipparchus, Ptolemy's theory of solar and lunar theory of Ptolemy's planetary astronomy Medieval Christian Arab astronomers, Gerbert d'Aurillac, Sacrobosco, Regiomontanus, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Cassini, astronomy Greenwich, Newton, Astrometry in the nineteenth century, astronomy in the U.S.; astronomy and cosmology in the twentieth century.
Excursions: There will be excursions to places of historical science at Rome: S. Maria degli Angeli, Sundial of Augustus Sundial in St. Peter.
Observations: the meridian transits of the Sun and the Moon. Photometry of the sunset, and the study of atmospheric transmittance at the skyline.
Reference texts: C. Sigismondi (Eds.), The Sphere. From Gerbert to Sacrobosco, UPRA, Rome 2008; C. Sigismondi (Eds.), meridians and longitudes in Rome, Sapienza University of Rome, 2006; C. Sigismondi, The Gnomon Clementino, Rome 2009; C. Sigismondi, The solar diameter, instructions for use, Rome 2009.
The course will be held Thursday afternoon of the first half, from 15.30 to 17.15
SFO006 The ontological argument and theorems of K. Gödel (2s, 2c, 3 ECTS)
Prof. Julio Moreno-Dávila
Along with an introduction to symbolic logic, we will study the ontological argument of St. Anselm on the history of philosophy, including the well-known version of Descartes, Kant and the objections of the show, what seems most all of Leibniz, among others. It will be seen after the more precise formulation of that argument in the variety called 'modal' (Hartshorne) and then the formulation of Kurt Gödel, who demonstrated some of presuposizioni taken by the modal version. The knowledge gained will be used in the formulation of two theorems of Gödel, specifying the exact scope and denouncing the false interpretations. It will make the description in a non-technical outline the demonstration and will be discussing the philosophical consequences of these theorems.
Bibliography: E. Nagel & JR Newman: Gödel's proof. New York University Press 1958. (Ed. ital.: Proof of Gödel, Bollati Boringhieri, Turin 1992, ed. spa.: El de Gödel's theorem. Tecnos 1994); B. Russell: Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy, Routledge 1919, GW Leibniz: Writings on Logic. Biblioteca Universale Laterza 1992; K. Gödel: Collected Works, vol III. Oxford University Press 1995. Other references will be distributed in the course.
The course will be held in intensive mode, days: 19, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30 April 2008 from 15.30 to 18.15.
Tuesday 13 Start of classes (courses and conferences)
Tuesday 20 lessons
Tuesday 27 lessons
Tuesday 3 lessons
Tuesday 10 lessons
Tuesday 17 lessons
Tuesday 24 lessons
Tuesday 1 lessons
Tuesday 15 lessons
Tuesday 22 lessons
Tuesday 12 lessons
Tuesday, 19 lessons
Exams 1st semester: from 25 January to 10 February
Tuesday 16 Start of classes (courses and conferences)
Tuesday 23 lessons
Tuesday 2 lessons
Tuesday 9 lessons
Tuesday 16 lessons
Tuesday 23 lessons
Tuesday 13 lessons
Tuesday 20 lessons
Tuesday 27 lessons
Tuesday 4 lessons
Tuesday 11 lessons
Tuesday 18 lessons
Exams 2nd semester: from 26 May to 18 June