Loyola University Maryland

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Visionary Course Pairing

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

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. 

Foundations of Philosophy (The Examined Life) (PL201)

This is a course in the history of philosophy beginning with Socrates and ending with the philosophy of the early Renaissance.  It takes as its point of departure Socrates.  In Plato’s writings we meet a Socrates who sees philosophy not as an area of academic study but as a way of life.  At his trial he also makes the radical claim that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living.  Both Socratic claims demand our serious attention and are at the very core of a liberal education.

Faculty Biography

Jim Snow is a member of the Philosophy faculty at Loyola.  He teaches classes in all periods of the history of Western philosophy.  His research and writing explores the intersection of philosophy and Genocide Studies.

Mentor biography

Melissa Lees holds her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Students from Marywood University in Scranton, PA and her Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from The University of Dayton. Melissa moved to Baltimore in 2007 to work as a site director for an AmeriCorps program, of which she is an alumn. Melissa then worked for 6 years as Director of Campus Ministry and Service at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She also volunteers at TurnAround, Inc. which is Baltimore’s sexual assault and domestic violence crisis center. Melissa began at Loyola in September 2015 as the Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Response Coordinator.
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