Three Views on Cosmology: Physics, Philosophy and Religion

10 credits

Course, Bachelor's level, 1FA229

Spring 2024 Spring 2024, Flexible, 33%, Distance learning, English

About the course

What is the Universe made of? Is it infinite? Is the Universe eternal, or did it have a beginning? Is it part of a vast multiverse? Is the Universe fine-tuned? How can we gain knowledge about such issues and which are the possible answers?

Cosmology aims to understand the origin, evolution, future and structure of the Universe as a whole. Such issues have been discussed by philosophers, theologians and physicists throughout history. Based on the empirical information in contemporary cosmological research, this interdisciplinary course addresses such central issues in cosmology from the perspective of modern physics, philosophy and philosophy of religion. With reference to the ongoing debate within and between these fields of research, the course introduces concepts, arguments and results from all three disciplines.

Outline for distance course: Lectures and seminars will be given using Zoom. Lectures will be recorded and made accessible. Communication between teachers and students will use the learning management system and tools for e-meetings. Access to a computer with stable internet connection and web camera will be required.