[asa] seminar on Science/Philosophy Interactions and Newton; Oct. 17, 3:30

From: Loren Haarsma <lhaarsma@calvin.edu>
Date: Wed Oct 15 2008 - 08:10:13 EDT

For the Grand Rapids, MI, area:

The next Christian Perspectives in Science seminar at Calvin College is

       Friday, October 17, 3:30 PM in Science Building room 110.

Speaker: C.J. Majeski, philosophy major (with Prof. Stephen Wykstra)

Title: Interactions between Science and Philosophy: Newton on
                  Space and Body
   This talk will present some results of Carey James (C.J.) Majeski's
summer research project under Professor S. Wykstra, funded by a McGregor
fellowship. One aim of the project was to develop a Reader, usable in
several contexts, containing readings by scientists and philosophers that
will facilitate reflection on historic interactions between science and
philosophy. In this talk, C.J. will first describe some aspects of the
collaborative research experience, with some reflections on how Christian
faith and academic research interact. He will then introduce and present
for group discussion a key selection from an important paper by Isaac
Newton ("On Gravity and the Equilibrium of Fluids"). In the selected
passage, we will see a strong philosophical side of Newton's thought, in
which his theological commitments seem to actively inform--in some
surprising ways--the conceptual foundations of his physics, both in his
treatment of the concept of space and of material body. C.J.'s
presentation of the Newton passage will function as a paradigm example of
the summer research work. Professor Wykstra will join in the group

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