Spring 2022 Philosophy Classes

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PHIL 111-01 Philosophy of Art
MWF 10:30-11:35 pm
Wayne Harter,
Satisfies CORE: Artistic Analysis
An analysis of doing and making, of truth, good, beauty, the visible and invisible, of figure and finality, as these reveal the intellectual and spiritual universes disclosed by painters, sculptors, poets, etc.

PHIL 113-01 Love and Friendship
TTH 3:00-4:30pm
Patrick Downey

They are on your mind. So you should apply your mind to them.  That is what this course will do.  By reading the past masters of all three we will learn much that was overlooked, forgotten, or downright suppressed in our contemporary culture of “gender,” “relationships” and “hook-up culture.”  From Sappho and Plato in his Symposium, we will learn the shifting polarities of Lover and Beloved.  Aristotle will link and yet distinguish both from Friendship.  The Bible is the greatest Love Story ever told and culminates in a Divine wedding feast.  Friendship and Marriage, however, are great rivals to Romance and Adultery, and so from Virgil, through Augustine, Dante, Rousseau, and Kierkegaard, we will see this two competing modes of life battle for the souls of parents and their children.  We all once were children, and may someday be parents, so examining that fact and possibility philosophically, while in college, may be one of the most important things we can do.

PHIL 114-01 Philosophy of Law
MF 1:00-2:40 pm
Wayne Harter

A study of the philosophy of law from Sophocles’ Antigone through the great thinkers of the Middle Ages, giving particular attention to the notion of natural law of Thomas Aquinas.

PHIL 120-01 The Bible & Philosophy
TTH  11:30-1:05 pm
Patrick Downey

Satisfies CORE: Christian Foundations
This course, unlike any other course that fulfills the core Christian Foundations requirement, will take as its starting point the question “Whether the Bible or Philosophy is right is of course the only question that ultimately matters.” 

PHIL 196-01
Senior Thesis
TTH 9:45-11:20 am
Deepak Sawhney

Cross-listed with PHIL 198
Candidates for the degree arrange a program of reading and research on a topic in modern/contemporary philosophy under a department director, and compose a lengthy Senior Thesis, which is presented publicly at a departmental meeting.

PHIL 198-01 Senior Thesis – Honors 
TTH 9:45-11:20 am
Deepak Sawhney

Cross-listed with PHIL 196-01. Limited to Philosophy Major Honors Students
Candidates for the degree arrange a program of reading and research on a topic in modern/contemporary philosophy under a department director, and compose a lengthy Senior Thesis, which is presented publicly at a departmental meeting.