An introduction to philosophical inquiry as it has been practiced since Socrates, with attention to classic problems of philosophy such as the relation of mind and body, the nature of learning and knowledge, and the concept of truth.
A course on learning to reason about matters of faith. Topics include classic arguments for the existence and attributes of God, the rationality of faith, and the problem of evil.
A course on the art of critical thinking and its application to arguments found in everyday life (e.g., in newspapers). Attention will be given to informal fallacies and to elementary formal logic (the sentential calculus).
This introductory-level course is an effort to think together from a Christian perspective about issues such as the meaning of the body, the nature of marriage, and the virtue of chastity.
Readings from literary texts (poems, plays or stories) that conduct philosophical inquiries in literary form, with attention to why the irreducible literary form, with its special challenges and pleasures, is inseparable from the pursuit of philosophy. This is a writing intensive course.
Readings from the ancient classical texts that originated the Western philosophical tradition, focusing especially on Plato and Aristotle and investigating both their usefulness and their provocativeness for Christian thought.
Readings from medieval philosophical texts in which Christians such as Augustine, Anselm and Aquinas use, criticize and transform ancient philosophy for specifically Christian purposes.
Readings from texts in the Western philosophical tradition from Descartes to Kant, with attention to how they have shaped modernity and its view of knowledge, morality and human nature.
A survey of key thinkers in the realm of German and French philosophy from the 19th century through the present (e.g., Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Derrida) with special attention to implications for Christian faith.
An investigation of ethics in the Western tradition, moving historically from ancient concerns with the good life and its virtues, through Christian appropriations of ancient ethics, to the emergence of modern systems such as Kantianism and utilitarianism.
An introduction to formal techniques for assessing the validity of arguments, including truth tables, the sentential calculus, and quantification.
Inhabitants of our contemporary culture both in and out of the church are in desperate need of clear thinking about the virtues, norms, and judgments relevant to our lives as sexual beings. In this introductory-level course, we will interact with contemporary philosophers and moral theologians in an effort to think clearly and Christianly about issues such as the significance of the body, contraception, chastity, the goods of marriage, and so on.
This course is a survey of Kierkegaard's authorship, reading excerpts from almost all of his major works and one or two texts in their entirety. We will consider Kierkegaard as a religious thinker and virtue ethicist in an Augustinian tradition, rather than as an existentialist. Topics covered include the nature of the self, faith, sin, knowledge, virtue(s), love, rational agency, and modern philosophy.
A survey of key thinkers and problems in recent Anglo-American philosophy (e.g., Russell, Ayer, Wittgenstein, Ryle, Kuhn, Quine, Davidson, Rorty, Plantinga) with special attention to implications for Christian faith.
An advanced seminar course on selected topics in philosophical hermeneutics(e.g., the nature of understanding, tradition and rationality) with special focus on how this affects Christian thought.
An advanced seminar course on the task and promise of Christian philosophy. Attention is paid to both the theory and practice of the Christian intellectual life.