Space: The Final Frontier

Philosophy Of Space And Time Course Offered This Spring

This spring, Assistant Professor Eric Hamm’s newest course on philosophy, physics and science will be offered for the first time: Philosophy of Space and Time. 

The course aims to address the difficulties created by concepts of temporality and spatiality throughout history.  After analyzing readings from the ancient world such as the motion paradoxes of Greek philosophers like Zeno, the class will progress into modern philosophy and examine Kantian categories and Husserlian phenomenology. From there, the course will move into modern developments in physics that have revealed more about the connection between space and time, such as work from Einstein and Steven Hawking. 

“I am excited to discuss the more modern developments in quantum theory from the twentieth century,” said Eric Hamm, Ph.D. “Here is where we start to discuss black holes, time dilation and light-speed travel.” 

Though the course may tackle some challenging material, Hamm assures students that the collaborative classroom environment and his guidance will make this course a rewarding and educational experience. 

“If this material sounds difficult to students, that is understandable, but college is the best place to encounter ideas like this,” said Hamm. “If you don’t read Einstein now, when will you?  There is no better place than here, in a class of your peers with a professor to guide you.”

Philosophy of Space and Time will meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the spring from 1-1:50 p.m.  Students can expect class sessions to combine seminar-style discussion with some lectures to introduce and explain new concepts. Philosophy of Space and Time counts for two required dialogue courses: DBR 400 and DSL 400. 

“This course is perfect for students interested in philosophy, theoretical physics or science generally who don’t necessarily want a math-heavy approach,” said Hamm. 

Students interested in taking Philosophy of Space and Time should contact their academic advisor and register for the course before it reaches capacity. For more information on the course, contact Professor Hamm at rhamm@lynn.edu.

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