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Woods College of Advancing Studies


FALL 2014

Philosophy Professors: Evan Clarke, B.A. Toronto, M.A. Guelph, Ph.D. Cand. Boston College; Peter J. Kreeft, A.B. Calvin, A.M., Ph.D. Fordham; James Menno, Judge - Probate and Family Court, A.B., Ph.L., J.D. Boston College; David Storey, B.A. Boston College, M.A., Ph.D. Fordham     

ADPL 100501  Introduction to Basic Problems of Philosophy
ADPL100501 Syllabus
This course introduces students to the problems and procedures of the Western philosophical tradition. Examines selected works of such key thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Descartes, Locke and Rousseau.
Fall, Thurs 6:30–9, Sept 4–Dec 11, Professor Storey

ADPL 149801  Philosophy of Cinema
ADPL149801 Outline/Syllabus
Just as some of the world's greatest philosophy is to be found in novels, some is to be found in cinema, both films of philosophical novels or plays or original screenplays. This course will be much more than "philosophical discussion of movies." It will raise and debate fundamental issues in the history of Western philosophy in and through selected films. We will also read the books or screenplays on which the films are based and compare the written texts with the film version.
Fall, Tues 6:30–9, Sept 2–Dec 9, Professor Kreeft

ADPL 150001  Ethics
ADPL150001 Syllabus
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.
Mon 6:30–9, Sept 8–Dec 15, Evan Clarke

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.
Fall, Wed 6:30–9, Sept 3–Dec 10, Professor Menno