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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. Jim 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. They make their home in Guilford, a five-minute walk from campus, where they foster and rehabilitate abandoned and damaged pit bulls for a rescue organization.

Theology Matters: The Bible and the Good Life (TH 201)

What is the good life and what does God have to do with it? This course examines the Christian understanding of human flourishing, as it has been shaped by the Bible, the experience of the early Christian community, and the insights of modern theologians. We will learn about central biblical narratives and their interpretation by Jews and Christians; classic works of theological exploration from the Christian tradition; and the relevance of theology to modern concerns about social justice, climate change, and interreligious relations.

Faculty biography

Dr. Jill Snodgrass Bio coming soon!

Mentor Biography

Jimmy Beh Bio coming soon!

Mentor Biography

Audrey Kennedy is the Program Assistant for the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. Audrey joined joined Loyola in April 2019. Prior to working at Loyola, she spent 10+ years at home raising her four children and volunteering at their schools, at their church and in their community. She is a native Baltimorean and received her B.A. in Corporate Communications from Elon University.

Virtual Advisor

Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements for all students. 


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