Spring 2016 Course Offerings
Dr. Jeffrey Witt
MWF 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
A study of the basic principles and types of reasoning as they function in such fields as business, politics, law, and the natural and social sciences. Attention to the various ways in which language, argument, and persuasion can be used/misused.
Dr. Mavis Biss
Tuesday/Thursday 9:25 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
This course is an introduction to the revolutionary contributions made by the great German thinker Immanuel Kant to the fields of metaphysics, ethics and aesthetics. Kant shifts the focus of inquiry from reality in itself to the role of the subject in constructing experience; from moral emotions to rational moral principles; and from the artist’s poetic making to "judgments of taste". Studying Kant is both intellectually exciting and essential to understanding the history of philosophy. This course covers everything from space, time, and causality to autonomy, dignity and duties to oneself, and even the beautiful and the sublime. Same course as CL 363.
Dr. Paul Richard Blum
Tuesday/Thursday 10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Discussion of the foundations of modern thought: the turn towards human interest and to language, the reassessment of the classical heritage, and the crisis of Christianity. Renaissance philosophy shows current issues of philosophy in the making.
Philosophical and Theological Metaphysics
Dr. Graham J. McAleer
Wednesday 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Explores the history of and contemporary disputes over metaphysics in philosophy and theology. What is the nature and task of metaphysics? Why do some philosophers and theologians think metaphysics is essential to doing good philosophy and theology? Why do others disagree? What do these questions have to do with the rest of life, and God? Same course as TH361.
This course is not for the faint of heart. Only one book is read but it is really, really difficult. However, the range of ideas make it worthwhile. It is a monumental work by the Polish-German Jesuit Erich Przywara (d. 1972). Przywara seeks to show that only a theological metaphysics can resolve the irrationalities inside modernity. The book ranges across logic, ontology, ethics, politics, and art. Sign up if you want a tough but tremendously rewarding class!
Advanced Topics in Buddhist Philosophy
Dr. Jessica Locke
MWF 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Studies the basic teachings that are shared by Buddhist traditions throughout Asia, and focuses on certain key texts, figures, and schools of Buddhist philosophy. This course, also at times, compares Buddhist philosophy with Western philosophies and religions, and students' own ways of thinking and living.
Classics of Asian Philosophy
Dr. Drew Leder
Tuesday/Thursday 1:40 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Focuses on two or more classical texts in the history of Asian Philosophy. Similarities and differences between these texts are explored, along with their relation to Western thought. The course tries to place these texts in their cultural and historical context, and explores their relevance to contemporary society and personal experience. Same course as HN396.
This semester we will focus on two of the greatest literary, philosophical, and spiritual texts of the ancient world: the Bhagavad Gita of India, and the Chinese Tao te Ching.
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