Spring Graduate Seminar on science, religion and modernity

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Science, Religion, and Modernity: The Galileo Affair 1613–1992
History 201S/202C, Religion 230C
Prof. Daniel Stolzenberg
Spring Quarter 2016, Monday 2:10–4:40

Across the disciplines, recent decades have witnessed dramatic re-evaluations of the historical relationship between science and religion and its role in the constitution of modernity. In the realm of the history of science, new studies are dramatically revising our understanding of the place of Catholicism, in particular, and religion, more generally, in the development of science and scholarship in the early modern era. In this graduate seminar we will explore these topics by investigating the Galileo Affair in long-term perspective. While we will focus foremost on primary and secondary sources related to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, we will also make forays into more recent times, examining, for example, Brecht’s Life of Galileo and the Vatican’s rehabilitation of Galileo in 1992. Students’ final projects may treat times and places beyond the center of gravity of the course, so long as they engage its principal themes. No background in early modern Europe or the history of science is required. Students may register for HIS 201S (History of Science), HIS 202C (Modern Europe) or REL 230C (Early Modern Religious Formations). History 201S counts toward the Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies. For further information contact dstolz.