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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Philosophy

SPRING 2015


ADPL 1005  Problems in Philosophy

ADPL100501 Syllabus - Prof. Miles
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.
ADPL1005
01 Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 15–May 7, Thomas Miles
ADPL100502  Mon  6:15–9:15, Jan 12–May 11, Brian Braman


ADPL 125201  Practical Logic
A course not in the "new logic" (symbolic, or mathematical, logic) but in the "old logic" (ordinary language logic) invented by Aristotle and used for 2300 years in all the humanities.  Includes such topics as definition, contradiction, syllogisms, implied premises, induction, and analogy.  The course includes the commonsensical philosophical bases for this logic and also many practical applications to reading, interpreting, evaluating, and inventing arguments, especially in dialogs.  Weekly quizzes, extra credit opportunities, and a take-home final exam.  Texts: (1) SOCRATIC LOGIC, (2) THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE, (3) SUMMA PHILOSOPHICA (all 3 titles by Peter Kreeft)
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 13–May 5, Peter Kreeft

ADPL 130901  Marriage and the Family
ADPL130901 Syllabus
This course explores the significance of the most funda-mental and intimate human relationship, marriage and the ­family. It considers a cross-cultural understanding, the ­individual dimension and the interpersonal interactions which occur. Focus is on the American marriage and family to see why and how it has evolved into its present form.
Sat 9–3:30, Mar 14–May 2, Joseph Jiang, S.J.

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.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 14–May 6, Evan Clarke

ADPL 350001  Philosophy of Science
ADPL350001 Syllabus
What is science? How does science work? What is the nature of progress in science? Where does science stand in a broader social and cultural context? In this course, we take up these and other philosophical questions concerning the nature of science. We draw on a wide range of writings. from the works of early modern figures like Francis Bacon and Descartes to those of more recent thinkers like Thomas Kuhn and Karl Popper.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 12–May 11, Evan Clarke

 


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