Complementarism: A Science-Based Philosophical Framework for Integrating Irreconcilable Opposites

Sungchul Ji (Pharmacology and Toxicology)

Complementarism is the philosophical framework constructed on the basis of the postulate that the principle of complementarity formulated by Niels Bohr in quantum physics can be applied to biology, philosophy, and religion.  In this seminar, we will explore the version of complementarism that the instructor began to develop in the 1970s, motivated by two realizations.  First, that information and energy are the complementary pairs that are essential for explaining the phenomenon of life.  And second, that similar triadic relations exist in the philosophy of Lao-Tse (604 BC - ?), Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC), Spinoza (1632 - 1677), and Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961). Students will be encouraged to apply the complementarian perspective to solving practical problems facing contemporary human society.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 40 index 06147