University of Atlantia

Course Detail

Introduction to Natural Philosophy in Western Europe during the Middle Ages

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Instructor:
William Scolari


Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
University Session:
UA75 June 6, 2009
Crs #:
109
Date:
Sat Jun 06
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee:
Length:
1 hr
Credits:
1
Attendees:
5/∞
Room:
Course Category:
History
Track:
No track assigned
Description
In this course we will start by defining what we mean by Natural Philosophy. (Spoiler – To help you decide if you want to take the course or not, it encompasses physics, chemistry, geology, biology, and meteorology among other subjects. No math involved, though!) We will then spend some time talking about the founder of Natural Philosophy, Aristotle. After briefly considering the influences of Islam/Muslim and the Latin Translators, we will examine the Medieval Natural Philosophy as taught in the Universities of Oxford, Paris, and Bologna from 1200 to 1500. Finally we will conclude with a discussion of how Natural Philosophy empowered the Scientific Revolution and became the “Mother of All Sciences”.