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The Good Life Course Pairing

Foundations of Philosophy: The Examined Life (PL 201)

Socrates, at his trial, turns to his fellow citizens and offers the following admonition: "it is the greatest good for man to discuss virtue every day and those other things about which you hear me conversing and testing myself and others, for the unexamined life is not worth living” (Apology, 38a). Four things are revealed in Socrates' words that should command our attention. First is the claim itself that an unexamined life is not worth living; it is not a life for human beings. Second is the claim that this is not a good among any number of goods . . . it is the greatest good. Third is the suggestion that this good is not to be pursued in solitude but in discourse, in conversation with others. Last, and perhaps most difficult to appreciate, is the reminder that philosophy is an activity, a way of being in the world. The course begins with Socrates, and Socrates will serve as a model to guide our conversation as we explore the question: What is the good life?

Faculty biography

Dr. James Snow holds the title of Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. As an undergraduate he studied ancient Greek and philosophy. He went on to earn a M.A. degree in philosophy and Jewish studies, and a Ph.D. in philosophy at Temple University. He studied culinary arts at L’Acadamie de Cuisine where he also taught as a chef's assistant. His published work is in the area of genocide; he frequently gives talks on philosophy and genocide in the U.S. and Europe. Professor Snow is an avid motorcyclist. He and his wife Dale (also a member of the philosophy department) have toured much of the continental U.S. on an old Harley-Davidson and eight European countries on their Ducati.

Intermediate French II: French for Global Engagement (FR 104D)

A capstone course reviewing and reinforcing language skills learned in FR 101-103 to help students attain intermediate level as defined by ACTFL guidelines in the five skills: reading, writing, speaking, comprehension, and culture of the Francophone world as defined by the Diversity* component of the course. Course includes use of the language in context, with authentic readings, discussion in French, and film clips.

*Diversity: awareness of the global context of citizenship and an informed sensitivity to the experiences of peoples outside of the United States; awareness of the multiplicity of perspectives that bear on the human experience, and the importance of historical, global and cultural context in determining the way we see the world.

Faculty biography

Professor Catherine Savell has enjoyed teaching her native language at all levels for many years and helping Loyola students discover the Francophone world. She likes building links between Francophone cultures and classroom activities, while facilitating experiences for students to discover culture firsthand. She is involved in development projects in Haiti and bridges her work on campus to her solidarity initiatives overseas.

Mentor biography

Kate Grubb Clark is a native Baltimorean who currently works as the director of external affairs for government and community relations. As a double alum (BA, MBA) from Loyola she looks forward to welcoming a new class of students every year in Messina and helping to guide them through their first year and beyond.


Virtual Advisor

PL 201 satisfies a core requirement for all students. FR*104D satisfies a core requirement (Modern Language 104 level) for students as well as the diversity core requirement. A French language placement score of 378-450 is required for enrollment in the spring 2022 FR*104D course.  Students may also take FR 103 during the fall 2021 semester in order to be ready to take FR*104D during the spring 2022semester.   FR 103 requires a language placement score of 289-377.   Students looking to improve their placement score may want to consider participating in the L.E.A.P.  pre-fall program

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