April 4-6, 2014

Christ's College

Aim of Course

This short course will enable participants to explore some of the perplexing philosophical questions that are raised by contemporary science and its relation to faith. Can there be such a thing as ‘objective’ science and is it morally neutral? Is suffering compatible with a moral deity? Are human beings free agents? What part does faith play in the scientific enterprise? Lectures will be delivered by world-renowned speakers and there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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  • Dr Jeremy Butterfield : Physics and Philosophy
  • Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker : Science, Atheism and Faith
  • Dr Lydia Jaeger : Reading the Book of Nature: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Laws of Nature
  • Tim O’Connor : Evolution, Emergence and Philosophy
  • Tim O’Connor : Free Will and Determinism
  • Roger Trigg : Cognitive Science, Philosophy and Faith
  • Roger Trigg : Rationality in Science and faith
  • Revd Prof. Keith Ward : Morality and the Philosophy of Science

Course Schedule

Friday April 4
6.00 pm Arrival
6.45 pm Dinner
7.45 pm Introduction
8.00 pm Prof. Roger Trigg: Rationality in Science and Faith
9.30 pm Drinks Reception – Getting to Know You
 

Saturday April 5

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Revd Prof. Keith Ward: Morality and the Philosophy of Science
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker: Science, Atheism and Faith
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Dr Lydia Jaeger: Reading the Book of Nature: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Law of Nature
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Prof. Tim O’Connor: Free Will and Determinism
6.30 pm Gala Dinner
8.30 pm Questions and Discussion
9.30 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Sunday April 6

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. Tim O’Connor: Evolution, Emergence and Philosophy
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Dr Jeremy Butterfield: Physics and Philosophy
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Prof. Roger Trigg: Cognitive Science, Philosophy and Faith
3.30 pm Depart

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