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The restoration of science education begins with a return to sound philosophy--especially philosophy that does not contradict traditional Christian philosophy.  Classical (or Aristotelian) science is "deterministic", which means that it is concerned with the ends or purposes of nature.  Modern science is "mechanistic", seeking to understand the means of action in the natural world, but never the ends for which things act--especially the theological ends.  This is the fundamental issue that plagues modern science courses and the  reason why Christians cannot simply baptize a modern science program and claim it as their own. 

 

Modern lab-based science has a fatal flaw: it is a study of extracted and isolated parts of the natural world, but never the parts in the natural world.  Thus, while modern scientists may have knowledge of individual parts, their knowledge does not always lead us to an understanding of the whole.  This is evident no more clearly than in agriculture and medicine today.  Despite increase crop production, hi-tech agriculture has devastated farm land in less than a century.  Despite the advances in medicine and combating disease, little is done to prevent disease, and even less to explain the right use of health. 

 

Classical Physics values that knowledge which helps us to understand all as it is in reality and in the complexity of "real life".

Aristotle's Physics was the authoritative natural science text from 300 BC until the time of the "Scientific Revolution" in 1620...over 1900 years!  While modern science has led to many lab successes, its philosophical shortcomings have led to great losses in human wisdom and piety.

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The whole second year of Philosophy is devoted to Natural Philosophy after students complete the course in Logic (Philosophy I).  In this second year students work through the eight books of the Physics as well as Aristotle's other works in natural philosophy:  On the Heavens and On Generation.  The commentaries of St. Thomas Aquinas provide us with the traditional Catholic interpretation of the Physics, which is our goal.

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Physics is studied in the second year of Philosophy.  As CLAA students currently make their way through the classical liberal arts curriculum in preparation for the study of Philosophy, we will be making this course available to students upon demand.  The first students are expected to begin Classical Physics in 2010-12. 

 

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