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Woods College of Advancing Studies


FALL 2015

ADPL 127501  Philosophy in Literature
ADPL127501 Syllabus
Exploration of such philosophical themes as self-identity, happiness, death, morality, love, truth, fate, God, friendship, violence, hope, and community in two great epics of very diverse form yet surprisingly similar content: Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (recently voted the greatest book of the twentieth century by two worldwide polls) and Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov (recently selected the greatest novel written by a Time magazine poll of living writers).
Tues 6:15–9:15, Sept 1–Dec 15, Peter Kreeft

ADPL 1500  Ethics
ADPL150001 Syllabus - Prof. Storey
ADPL150002 UPDATED Syllabus - Prof. Severson - ONLINE
This course introduces students to the main schools of ethical thought in the Western philosophical tradition. We examine works by philosophers such as Aristotle, Kant and Mill, and we ask how the ethical systems developed by these figures can help us to think through issues like economic inequality, the treatment of animals, and euthanasia.
ADPL150001, Mon 6:15–9:15, Aug 31–Dec 14, David Storey
ADPL150002, Tues 6:15–9:15, Sept 1–Dec 15, Eric Severson  ONLINE

ADPL 250001  Philosophy of Human Experience
ADPL250001 Syllabus
This course examines the nature of human experience from a variety of philosophical perspectives. Drawing insights from the phenomenological, existentialist, and Thomist traditions, we consider themes such as embodiment, the experience of others, and the experience of time.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Sept 3–Dec 17, Evan Clarke

ADPL 354001  Law and Morality
ADPL354001 Syllabus - UPDATED 23 Sept 2015
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.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Sept 2–Dec 16, James Menno


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