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College of Arts and Science

UN545 Wisdom as Theory and Practice

capstone program

James Fleming, S.J.

Assistant to the Vice President for University Mission and Ministry

Seniors leave the Heights of Chestnut Hill wiser than when they arrived, and it is this newly discovered wisdom that is the focus of this Capstone course, especially its active and moral character that removes it from the realm of theory and places it soundly in the world of everyday life. The overarching goal of this course is to engage students in intellectually informed, serious discussions about important topics in a moral context.

The curriculum, made up of both theoretical works and narratives, will consider wisdom as it relates to the themes of:

  • Work—Goffman, Nash, and Stevenson;
  • Relationships—Lewis and L’Angel;
  • Citizenship—Tocqueville and Putnam;
  • Spirituality—The Bible, Noddings, and Hahn.

The reflective practice that is the method for this course will be based on the underlying philosophical approach of Hadot’s Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucault.