From Physics to Metaphysics: a response to Prof Brian Cox's 2021 BBC series, 'Universe'

August 18, 2023, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Department of Philosophy, CTC, UD

Treacy Boardroom
278 Victoria Pde
East Melbourne 3002

This event is available both online and in-person

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Brian Cox rightly acclaims the power of scientific inquiry: we know so much about the vast universe all from this tiny speck of a planet.  Brian Cox also claims that big questions like, ‘why is there anything at all?’ and ‘why are we here?’ are scientific questions not philosophical or theological questions. My argument will be that Professor Cox is scientifically excellent but philosophically and theologically mistaken. From the same starting point – the power of scientific inquiry – I will argue to a philosophical and theological answer to these two big questions.

Practical information

Public Transport: Trams: 109 (to Box Hill), 12 (to Victoria Gardens): Tram, stop 13 (Landsdowne St. ACU).

Buses: From City: 302, 303, 304, 305, 309, 318, 350, 905, 906, 907, 908. Stop: ACU.

Nearest Train Station: Parliament Station. Exit Macarthur St, go north until Victoria Parade, Turn right, 400 metres (CTC building corner of Victoria Parade and Eades St, - the Southern Side of Vic Parade, located across from what was until very recently - the Dallas Brooks Hall).

Parking along Vic Parade and at the ACU (on Young St).

The Treacy boardroom is on the ground floor, very close to the reception desk of the Thomas Carr Centre, which is the campus building at 278 Victoria Pde. There is a wheelchair-friendly toilet/bathroom on the same ground floor a short distance from the boardroom.

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Please register by emailing [email protected] and indicate that you are staff or a graduate student and the zoom link will be sent out to you by a BCC email just prior to the start time for the seminar.

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