How do we understand the universe and our place within it? To what extent should our answer to that fundamental question be different whether we approach it as scientist, philosopher, or theologian? What are the methodological differences that must be respected and which frameworks could enable them to fit together into a coherent whole? How can we seek unity of life and thought in the modern academy?
This one-week residential Collegium Summer Seminar will address these questions, welcoming a small cohort of graduate students to Philadelphia for an intensive course led by eminent scholars across the disciplines. Through a daily series of lectures, seminars, and small group discussions, students will examine both cutting edge research and foundational wisdom that enables them to evaluate descriptive models of the universe, the relationship of space and time, freedom and determinism, physics and metaphysics, nature and grace, the human and the divine.
Drawing together insights from the sciences, theology and philosophy we will build a toolkit to explore how we can describe reality in an integrated, intellectually rigorous way.