What is the course about?
According to 20th C. philosophers Husserl, Adorno, and Horkheimer, the legacy of Bacon and Galileo is a combination of experiment, mathematics and technology which results in the domination of nature with many untoward consequences. Is this fair?
What will we cover?
The key philosophical ideas of Francis Bacon and Galileo Galilei and the relations between science and nature that they propose.
Francis Bacon as the ‘father of techno-science’ in which experiment and the use of instruments has as its end not just knowledge of but power over nature.
Galileo’s ‘mathematization of nature’ leading to a sense of disenchantment as nature is reduced into abstract mathematical models.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Explain simply the relevant key ideas of Bacon and Galileo using simple examples.
Discuss whether the the charge that Bacon’s and Galileo’s thinking leads to an attitude of domination is fair.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be a combination of lecture and discussions. Any relevant handouts will be available.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
None, but you may want to bring a pen and paper/notebook for any notes you would like to make during class session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please go to the college website: www.citylit.ac.uk for further courses in the Century Studies, City Stories and European Studies sections.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details