Loyola University Maryland

First-Year Programs

Visionary Course Pairing

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Knowledge, Existence, and The Good Life: Perspectives of Philosophical Visionaries (PL201.02V)

The discipline of philosophy began because select individuals dared to step back from their daily routine and critically examine the foundational assumptions of their life and culture: what does it mean to know? what does it mean to exist? and what does it mean to live the good life? This class will focus on these three questions, the answers given by these ancient visionary thinkers, and how these answers have shaped the subsequent history of philosophy.

Faculty Biography

By training, Jeff is a research specialist in high- and late-medieval philosophy and theology. But he has a special love for the history of philosophy taken as whole. He enjoys helping students see how this tradition of reflection and critical examination influences the other academic disciplines and helps to shape our own worldviews.

Prophet, Sage, Saint: The Visionary in a Theological Key (TH201.02V)

This course will explore the visionary through a theological lens.  It will examine the biblical portraits of the prophet, the sage, and the savior found in the Old and New Testaments.   It will also study the figure of the saint in Saint Augustine and Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.

Faculty Biography

Rev. John J. Conley, SJ holds the Knott Chair in Philosophy and Theology.  He has received degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1973), Fordham University (M.A., 1975), Centre Sèvres (L.Th, 1983), and Université Catholique de Louvain (Ph.D., 1988).  The author of many books and articles in philosophy, Father Conley is also a poet and a playwright. 

Mentor Biography

Michelle Cheatem joined the Loyola community in 1997 and currently serves as the associate dean of students. She is passionate about helping students transition to college life and make the most of their Loyola experience. She earned degrees from Bowling Green State University (M.A., College Student Personnel) and Manchester College (B.S., Psychology).