A New Natural Philosophy: Implementing the Vision of C.S. Lewis


by
Ravi Jain June 28, 2015


Presented at:
SCL Conference 2015

ABSTRACT:

In The Abolition of Man C.S. Lewis noted that the “triumphs [of science] may have been too rapid and purchased at too high a price: reconsideration, and something like repentance, may be required.” This can easily leave an eager science teacher confused even if he agrees. How do we do this? What decisions and steps might administrators and teachers make in the Christian Classical renewal in order to heed this call to repentance issued by Lewis? Lewis is concerned with scientism, reductionism and science’s dreams of power. This session will discuss basic principles and a new trajectory for our classrooms that can overcome these perennial pitfalls for science. The session will explore how employing a holistic curriculum, an incarnational pedagogy, and an interdisciplinary approach can begin to address Lewis’ concerns.


TAGS:

Administration Curriculum Lewis Pedagogy Reductionism Science Subject Integration Worldview

Ravi Jain
Ravi Jain graduated from Davidson College with a BA and interests in physics, ancient Greek, and international political economy. He worked at various churches, received an M.A. from Reformed Theological Seminary, and later earned a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics from the University of Central Florida. He began teaching Calculus and Physics at the Geneva School in 2003. During his tenure there he has coauthored “The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education,” and has given over 50 talks and workshops throughout the country on topics related to Christian classical education.

Other Contributions by Ravi Jain

What Hath Biology To Do With Physics

Article - SCL Conference 2014

Introduction to The Quadrivium

Article - SCL Conference 2013

Metaphysics Matters

Article - SCL Conference 2012

Teaching with the Ancients

Article - SCL Conference 2011


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