PHIL 3620 Philosophy of Nature
(Prior to Fall 2010, this course was known as PHIL 7.
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3 hours; 3 credits
A critical examination of the development of theories of nature, life, and cosmology. Classical and modern issues in natural philosophy. Such topics as the structure of the natural world, the nature of space and time, theories of the organism, classic debates concerning mechanism, vitalism, atomism and monism, determinism, the relation between God and nature. Views on issues in natural philosophy of such thinkers as Anaximander, Democritus, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Aquinas, Descartes, Gassendi, Boyle, Locke, Leibniz, Hume.