Loyola University Maryland

First-Year Programs

Visionary Course Pairing

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Power, Purpose and Politics (101.03V)

Does excellent political leadership result from a sharp focus on the problems and perils posed by everyday life, or rather from a gaze uplifted toward principles and possibilities that might lead to fundamental improvements?  Who is the true political visionary, the leader who steers the “ship of state” by looking for reefs before the prow, or the one who navigates according to the stars?  This as an introduction to politics by reference to the competing claims of “realism” and “idealism,” taking its bearings from Plato and Machiavelli but also considering current political issues in the United States and the wider world.

Faculty Biography

Michael Franz is professor and chair of Political Science at Loyola, where he arrived from Chicago in 1987.  His teaching and research are devoted to contemporary political theory and ancient Greek political philosophy, with special attention to problems of political fanaticism, religiously inspired terrorism, and the origins of war.  He is also a wine educator, competition judge, restaurant consultant, and wine columnist for the past 20 years for The Washington Post and Wine Review Online.  When not teaching or tasting, he’s an avid racquet sport player and 36-time intramural champion at Loyola.

Think for Yourself!  Living the Adventure of Philosophy (PL201.05V)

Think for yourself!  The battle cry of the modern Enlightenment.  The founding idea of democracy.  But what does it really mean?  What sort of task is thinking for oneself?  And what sorts of obstacles does one encounter along the way?  In this course we’ll pose these questions by returning to the earliest adventurers in the tricky business of thinking for oneself, the philosophers of ancient Greece. Aside from people like Heraclitus, Parmenides, and Socrates, we will also consider some modern voices, like Freud and Kant, as well as the very different perspective offered by the Eastern traditions of Taoism and Buddhism.

Faculty Biography

Richard Boothby took his B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University, a Masters degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University. ¬≠His research interests focus on contemporary continental philosophy, with special attention to psychoanalytic theory and existential philosophy.  When he’s not reading or writing, he enjoys playing squash and sailing the waters of the Chesapeake. 

Mentor Biography

Kate Grubb Clark is an associate director in the office of student activities.  She currently works as the advisor for OPTIONS and SuperFans.   As a ‘double degree’ graduate of Loyola (BA in Political Science with a minor in French and a MBA with a double concentration in international business and management), Kate knows first-hand the benefits of cura personalis a a lived philosophy.  That experience is why she decided to stay at Loyola and help future Greyhounds find their passions and niche at Loyola.  Kate is passionate about helping students develop their critical thinking and life skills, as well as being a mentor to students through their college careers and beyond.  A native Baltimorean and avid sports fan, Kate is also very passionate about her hometown and helping students to see the depth of culture that Baltimore has to offer.