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PSF: Evolutionism and Creationism. Introduction to contemporary debates

General data

Course ID: WF-FI-21-PSFP-W21
Erasmus code / ISCED: 08.1 Kod klasyfikacyjny przedmiotu składa się z trzech do pięciu cyfr, przy czym trzy pierwsze oznaczają klasyfikację dziedziny wg. Listy kodów dziedzin obowiązującej w programie Socrates/Erasmus, czwarta (dotąd na ogół 0) – ewentualne uszczegółowienie informacji o dyscyplinie, piąta – stopień zaawansowania przedmiotu ustalony na podstawie roku studiów, dla którego przedmiot jest przeznaczony. / (0223) Philosophy and ethics The ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) code has been designed by UNESCO.
Course title: PSF: Evolutionism and Creationism. Introduction to contemporary debates
Name in Polish: PSF: Ewolucjonizm i kreacjonizm. Wprowadzenie do współczesnych debat
Organizational unit: Institute of Philosophy
Course groups: (in Polish) Grupa przedmiotów ogólnouczelnianych - Obszar nauk humanistycznych (studia II stopnia)
(in Polish) Grupa przedmiotów ogólnouczelnianych - obszar nauk humanistycznych i społecznych (studia II stopnia)
(in Polish) Propedeutyki subdyscyplin z filozofii - II stopień
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 2.00 Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.
Language: Polish
Subject level:

elementary

Learning outcome code/codes:

FI2_W01; FI2_W02;

Short description:

Classes will be devoted to the discussion of the problems related to creationism and evolutionism. The aim of the course will be to present the philosophical context of this dispute and to situate it in the broader context of the history of science, religion, and philosophy. During the course, participants will have the opportunity to read the writings of philosophers dealing with this issue and will be able to undertake a critical discussion of the issues raised during debates.

Full description:

The classes will be devoted to the problem of creationism and evolutionism. The aim of the course will be to present the philosophical context of this dispute and to situate it in the broader context of the history of science, religion, and philosophy.

The classes will be divided into four thematic blocks.

The first block is introductory in nature and aims to familiarize participants with the basic issues related to the dispute between evolutionism and religion and creationism and to present the historical context of this conflict.

The second block will focus on explaining the importance of essentialism in debates between creationists and evolutionists.

The third block will focus on issues related to teleology - that is, the problem of the purposefulness of nature. It will be shown how the problem of purposefulness contributed to the emergence of contemporary controversies related to the theory of evolution.

The fourth block will discuss issues related to anthropogenesis and the controversies related to this issue. It will also be explained how the thesis about the animal origin of man led to the creation of a naturalistic interpretation of religious beliefs advocated by representatives of the so-called New Atheism.

Each block will consist of: lecture classes, during which participants will learn the historical and philosophical context of the discussed issues, and classes involving the analysis of source texts. In the last type of classes, participants will jointly discuss and analyze the texts of thinkers involved in the discussed polemics, for example, R. Dawkins, M. Behe ​​, and S. Harris. The thematic blocks will be closed by Oxford debates in which participants will be able to critically take up the discussed topic.

Bibliography:

Works discussed during classes:

1) Jodkowski K., Spór ewolucjonizmu z kreacjonizmem. Podstawowe pojęcia i poglądy, Megas, Warszawa 2007;

Wartenberg F., O Teoryji Darwina, W komisie księgarni M. Leitgebra, Poznań 1866;

Rejchmann B., Teorya Darwina w stosunku do nauki i życia – szkic ogólny, Atteneum 8(1882);

2) Behe M.J., Nieredukowalna złożoność: problem dla ewolucjonizmu darwinowskiego, Filozoficzne Aspekty Genezy — 2005/2006, t. 2/3;

Dawkins R., Bóg urojony, Cis, Warszawa 2007 ;

Kloskowski K., Filozofia ewolucji i filozofia stwarzania. T.1. Między ewolucją a stwarzaniem, Wydawnictwo Akademii Teologii Katolickiej, Warszawa 1999 ;

3) Dawkins R., Najwspanialsze Widowisko Świata, Wydawnictwo Cis, Stare Groszki 2010 ;

Wagner M.J., Metanaukowy kontekst problemu „brakującego ogniwa”, Studia Philosophiae Christianae 56(2016)2;

Pawlicki S., Studyja nad Darwinizmem, Wydawnictwo dzieł katolickich, Kraków 1875 ;

4) Harris S., Pejzaż Moralny, Cis, Warszawa 2012 ;

Skierkowski M., Anty-teizm Richarda Dawkinsa i Christophera Hitchensa, w: Wobec nowego ateizmu, Wydawnictwo UKSW, Warszawa 2011;

Dybowksi B., O znaczeniu i doniosłości teoryj mutacyjnych i ewolucyjnych w nauce i życiu, Nakładem Kurjera Lwowskiego, Lwów 1902 .

Additional literature:

1) Allen P. L., Hess P. M. J., Catholicism and Science, Greenwood Press, London 2008

2) Bowler P. J., The non-Darwinian revolution. Reinterpreting a historical myth, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore – London 1988.

3) Heller M. Filozofia przypadku, Copernicus Centre Press, Kraków 2012

4) Moore J. R., The Post-Darwinian Controversies. A study of the Protestant struggle to come to terms with Darwin in Great Britain and America 1870-1900., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1979.

5) Wagner M. J., Interpretacje rozwoju biologii ewolucyjnej na przełomie XIX i XX wieku. Warszawa, Liberi Libr 2020.

Efekty kształcenia i opis ECTS:

CTS [1 ECTS = 30 (25) hours]:

participation in the classes: 0-30 hours

preparation for a pass: 30-60 hours

Total hours (average): 60 [60/30 (25) = 2]

Number of ECTS: 2

Knowledge

FI2_W01 the graduate knows and thoroughly understands the role of philosophical reflection in shaping culture and, at an advanced level, of the relationship between the formation of philosophical ideas and changes in culture and society

FI2_W02 the graduate knows and understands in an extended way the place and meaning of philosophy in relation to other sciences, as well as the subject and methodological specificity of philosophy and the role of scientific theories in the process of shaping individual philosophical concepts regarding the nature of the world and man

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

The final grade consists of:

1. Grade for attendance, each time certified with an entry in the attendance list according to the scale:

15-14 attendance - 5

13 attendances - 4.5

12-11 presence - 4

10 presences - 3.5

9-7 presence - 3

6 - 0 presence - 2

2. Assessment of preparation for the debate

3. Assessment of the presentation

Other details will be provided during the course.

The final grade is the average of the class attendance grade, activity grade, and presentation grade.

Classes in period "Winter semester 2021/22" (past)

Time span: 2021-10-01 - 2022-01-31
Choosen plan division:


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Type of class:
Classes, 30 hours, 15 places more information
Coordinators: Michał Wagner
Group instructors: Michał Wagner
Students list: (inaccessible to you)
Examination: Course - graded credit
Classes - graded credit
(in Polish) E-Learning:

(in Polish) E-Learning

Type of subject:

obligatory

(in Polish) Grupa przedmiotów ogólnouczenianych:

(in Polish) PO/H2 - obszar nauk humanistycznych - II stopień

Classes in period "Summer semester 2021/22" (past)

Time span: 2022-02-01 - 2022-06-30
Choosen plan division:


magnify
see course schedule
Type of class:
Classes, 30 hours, 15 places more information
Coordinators: Michał Wagner
Group instructors: Michał Wagner
Students list: (inaccessible to you)
Examination: Course - graded credit
Classes - graded credit
(in Polish) E-Learning:

(in Polish) E-Learning (pełny kurs)

Type of subject:

obligatory

(in Polish) Grupa przedmiotów ogólnouczenianych:

(in Polish) PO/H2 - obszar nauk humanistycznych - II stopień

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