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ADPL 100501  Problems in Philosophy
ADPL100501 Syllabus
This course introduces students to some of the enduring problems and questions about life that are addressed by the Western and Eastern philosophical traditions. We will read works by key thinkers such as Plato, Epictetus, Confucius, Lao Tzu, John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Soren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Henry David Thoreau, and Martin Luther King.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 22–May 14, Brian Braman

ADPL 1252  Practical Logic
ADPL125202 Syllabus - Prof Connors ONLINE Section
Basic principles and practice of classical Aristotelian (common-sense, ordinary-language, not mathematical) logic. One of the most practical courses any learner can take; on the very structure of rational thought itself and how to put this order and clarity into individual thinking.
ADPL125201 Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 16–May 8, Peter Kreeft
ADPL125202  ONLINE SECTION  Jan 16–May 14, Colin Connors

FULLY ONLINE SECTION - Asynchronous - No days or times are specified; students must participate weekly per all instructions and communications from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

ADPL 130901  Marriage and the Family
ADPL130901 Syllabus
This course explores the significance of the most fundamental and intimate relationships, marriage and family. Through analysis of film, popular literature, social science research, philosophical sources, and theological texts, the course will survey the philosophies of personhood and relationality that function as the foundations for how we understand the historical and modern institutions of marriage. The course will consider how contemporary political, economic, ideological, and technological pressures have altered the condition of the family system and intimate relationships in the context of 21st century American life.
Sat 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Mar 17–May 12, Erika Prijatelj
NOTE - Saturday class

ADPL 354001  Law and Morality
ADPL354001 Syllabus
What is the relationship between man-made law created by the courts and the legislature and religious values? Is there a religious and moral foundation to our civil law in the United States? What do we do when confronted by a "wrong" law such as segregation? How do we determine if a law is wrong? Should religious and moral codes be part of the fabric of decisional case law? This course will compare the classic moral thinking of such authors as Plato, Aquinas, Mill and Locke to actual Constitutional decisions on such issues as the war on terror, capital punishment, gay marriage, sexual privacy, immigration, freedom of religion, abortion and the right to refuse medical treatment.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 18–May 10, James Menno

ADPL 1500  Ethics
ADPL150001 Syllabus - Prof. Gribaudo
ADPL150002 Syllabus - Prof. Severson
This course will look at ethics from a social and Christian perspective.  This course provides an introduction to Christian ethical modes of reflection on contemporary issues that impact class, race and gender groups. These include issues of poverty/economic justice, First World/Two-Thirds World relations, racism and sexism. US citizens often identify themselves as religious persons, but less often do the hard work of connecting religious ethical traditions with social policies that impact relations among social groups. We may come up with different conclusions, but the unifying element in this course is our engagement in the difficult process of ethical discernment that is informed by both social theory (i.e., analysis of class, race and gender systems) and the Christian tradition (Catholic Social Teaching with its foundation in scripture, Thomistic ethics with its assumption that the world is defined and governed by objective moral laws,  and church teaching which emanates from application of tradition and scripture to current ethical situations.)  An integral component of this class is to be
engaged with the world i.e., pay attention to issues in the world that could benefit from the application of the material being discussed in class.
ADPL150001 Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 17–May 9, Jeanne Gribaudo
ADPL150002  ONLINE SECTION  Jan 16–May 14, Eric Severson

FULLY ONLINE SECTION - Asynchronous - No days or times are specified; students must participate weekly per all instructions and communications from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

ADPL 302001  History of Philosophy II: Modern/Contemporary
ADPL302001 Syllabus
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Woods College website or on the course Canvas page for more detailed information.
Big ideas have marked the fates of people, cultures and times. Their stories and the thinkers who articulated them are not just history, but philosophy itself. Through ordinary language and logic, this course will involve the exploration of the conversations beginning with Medieval and Early Modern Scholars and culminating with Contemporary Thinkers. The purpose of the course is to arm students against the pressing challenges of our times. Hence, the course will depart from facts and aims to stimulate philosophizing, controversy and argument on the big ideas that have shaped and continue to shape ourselves and the world.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 18–May 10, Manos Hatzimalonas

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