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Faraday Institute Short Course No 27: Philosophy, Science and Faith

Christ's College: April 4-6, 2014

Deadline for applications: March 14, 2014
Deadline for Bursary applications: February 4, 2014

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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Course Schedule

Friday April 4
6.00 pmArrival
6.45 pmDinner
7.45 pmIntroduction
8.00 pmProf. Roger Trigg: Rationality in Science and Faith
9.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Saturday April 5
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amRevd Prof. Keith Ward: Morality and the Philosophy of Science
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Fern Elsdon-Baker: Science, Atheism and Faith
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmDr Lydia Jaeger: Reading the Book of Nature: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Law of Nature
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Tim O'Connor: Free Will and Determinism
6.30 pmGala Dinner
8.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
9.30 pmBar and more Discussion
Sunday April 6
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Tim O'Connor: Evolution, Emergence and Philosophy
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Jeremy Butterfield: Physics and Philosophy
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Roger Trigg: Cognitive Science, Philosophy and Faith
3.30 pmDepart