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Woods College of Advancing Studies


FALL 2016

ADPL 125201  Practical Logic
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.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Aug 31–Dec 14, Evan Clarke

ADPL 149801  Philosophy of Cinema
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.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Aug 30–Dec 13, Peter Kreeft

ADPL 1500  Ethics
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 29–Dec 12, David Storey
ADPL150002 Tues 6:15–9:15, Aug 30–Dec 13, ONLINE, Eric Severson. FULLY ONLINE COURSE SECTION. No day/times are specified; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor; students must adhere to course schedule and submit weekly course work on time.

ADPL 350001  Philosophy of Science
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.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Sept 1–Dec 15, Evan Clarke

ADPL 354001  Law and Morality
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.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Aug 30–Dec 13, James Menno

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