Culture, the Arts, and Society - Philosophy, Literature, and Climate Change

CLLC-L 210 / CLASS 45388 — Fall 2021

Foster-Martin 012B
Days and Times
Tu/Th 11:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m., 3 credits
Course Description

Ideas have histories. And history shapes those ideas—including scientific ideas like “nature,” "experiment," and "prediction". In this course, we will explore how the human experience of climate change and new technologies transform ideas of scientific “knowledge”, “prediction” or “experimentation” which are usually presumed to be fixed or “objective”. We will start with Aristotelian science and work our way through 17th century meteorology asking questions like: (1) How did people historically relate to the climate as a manifestation of nature? (2) How did new ways of measuring climate using the thermometer or computer, change the relation of human to nature? Through philosophical work, fiction, hands-on simulation activities, and film we will track the historical evolution of our most basic philosophical and scientific ideas of knowledge and experiment. We will also investigate how new technologies transformed our understanding of climate, climate science, and climate change prediction.

SustainCollins course – open to all residents

Instructor: Suzanne Kawamleh

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)