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Philosophy

P 2100 History of Ancient Philosophy
Probes the question of what philosophers do and why. With some treatment of the pre-Socratic tradition and the influence of the ancient Asian tradition, the major focus is on the epistemology of Plato and the metaphysics and ethics of Aristotle.

P 2101 History of Medieval Philosophy
Focuses on the interaction between philosophy and theology in the construction of major styles of logic and theology from the twelfth to fourteenth centuries. Questions are viewed from the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian perspectives with a study of key representatives of these traditions. Vital for students considering further studies in patristics.

P 2102 History of Modern Philosophy
Major figures discussed include Descartes, the English and Continental rationalists, the empiricists, Kant, Hegel and Marx, Feurebach, and Nietzsche. Particular emphasis is given to the impact of these philosophical positions on the doing of theology.

P 2103 History of Contemporary Philosophy
Highlights the issue of language in linguistic analysis, particularly the work of Russell, Ayer, Wittgenstein, Husserl, Heidegger, Derrida, and Levinas. Studies the emergence of existential phenomenology in Sartre, the process philosophy of V. Whitehead, and emerging contributions of contemporary Asian, African, and Latin American philosophical movements.

P 2180 Philosophy for Future Theologians
Traces the history of the relationship between theology (faith) and philosophy (reason or the intellect). Studies the impact of key philosophical thinkers on the methods and history of theology. Introduces students to the growing convergence between philosophers and theologians in the face of contemporary issues. Special attention given to the role of scientific methodologies and their consequences for the future study of systematic, biblical, and pastoral theology.

P 2220 Critical Thinking and Applied Logic
Introductory course focuses on the problem of human knowledge and cognitive claims as responses to skepticism. Covers the structure of argument, fallacy detection, and truth analysis. Considers the role of logic in shaping worldviews, text books, media coverage, and intercultural epistemology.

P 2221 Philosophy of the Human Person
Beginning with Socrates up to Simone De Beauvoir and the cyber-post moderns, explores historically the various dimensions of what it means to be human and to know humanity. Considers topics such as the will, body-mind dualism, conscience, the ego, sexuality, individual as person, action, and the structure of community.

P 2222 American Philosophy and the History of Social Institutions
Explores the relationship between American theorists (Peirce, James, Royce, and Dewey) and the shaping and maintenance of American cultural and social institutions. Considers the relationship between immigrant narratives, their art, and religion in the “American Institution.”

P 2223 Philosophy of Art
Examines the key role of various aesthetical theories and their roles in answering “what is art?” Attention is given to the role of criticism, taste, multimedia art, icons, also the non-plastic arts such as music, dance, and drama in shaping the expressive dimension of the human person and his or her multifaceted, transnational culture. Interaction with various art institutions and artists in Chicago is expected.

P 2300 Philosophical Ethics
Traditional Catholic ethics has based itself on the history and development of the natural law theory. This course traces the development of the human person as ethical subject. Various contemporary positions of ethics are also present. Special attention to the thought of Bernard Lonergan and his influence on ethical decision making.

P 2301 Perspectives in the Philosophy of Death
Starting with the death of Socrates, Jesus, the Buddha, and Mohammed, philosophers have considered the question of death and afterlife to be a core metaphysical question. Using Heidegger’s phenomenological method, explores various cultural, religious, and philosophical perspectives concerning death and “the beyond.” Explores the “denial of death” in a post holocaust world. Asks whether an appropriate philosophy of death necessarily shapes one’s philosophy of life.

P 2302 Issues in Philosophical Hermeneutics
Surveys the history of hermeneutics and addresses such concepts as the canon in conflicting meanings, the role of interpretation, feminist and contextual hermeneutics, the hermeneutics of suspicion and generosity, and participatory hermeneutics. Presents the repercussions of the history of hermeneutics of contemporary theology.

P 2303 Philosophy of Science
Examines the basic structure of scientific method and the major theories of modern physics within that context.
This is treated with a view to the historical, philosophical and social implications of the practice of science in its contemporary form. Special attention is given to the several key contemporary scientific theorists, especially Thomas Kuhn.

P 2304 Philosophy of God
Examines the problem of God, the proofs for God’s existence, and the naming of the transcendent deity in eastern and western cultures. Using the phenomenological method, explores the philosophical structure of thought which underpins the study of theos and logos.

P 2305 The Phenomenology of Religion
An introduction to the method of phenomenology as applied to the manifestation of religion. Topics such as myth, taboo, the holy, the sacred, the ritual, and sacred texts are presented. The positions of Otto, Eliade, van der Leeuw, Malinowski, Smart and Smith, and Durkheim are considered. Opportunity to interact with the various religious organizations in Chicago.

P 2400 Philosophical Texts: Thomas Aquinas
A detailed study of the key concepts and texts of this important philosopher and theologian. The movements of original Thomism and neo-thomism are presented.

P 2401 Philosophical Texts
Aims at a close reading of the work and life of a major philosophical figure pertinent either to classical or contemporary philosophical thought.

P 2402 Philosophical Texts: International Readings in Political Philosophy
Analyzes key texts and thinkers that continue to shape the political and socioeconomic thinking of western and non-western countries. Considers the relationship between philosophy and democracy, culture, methods of social liberation, development, international conflict and peace, minority and majority rights.