Philosophy & Religion


I.  Philosophy & Literature (PHIL 1033.01)            

            Instructor: Jacob Howland            

            Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays—3:30-4:45 PM            

            Location: Chapman Hall, 122           

This course is an exploration of the philosophical significance of major works of literature.   

II.  Reasoning (PHIL 2013.01)           

            Instructor: Michael Futch            

            Time: Mondays and Wednesdays—2:00-3:15 PM            

            Location: Chapman Hall, LH

This course focuses on the development of reasoning skills as used in reading critically, writing, and thinking about practical or theoretical issues.  Emphasis will be placed on how to analyze, evaluate, and construct arguments.  This course is especially recommended for pre-law students.   

III.  Great Conversation II (PHIL 2453.01)           

            Instructor: Matthew D. Drever            

            Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays—9:30-10:45 AM            

            Location: Kendall Hall, 140

This class is an examination of major figures in the break-off philosophy from theology in the modern era.  Special consideration will be taken of the Reformation background of modern thought, the challenge of scientific rationalism to religion, and the effort to conceive the moral and political foundations of society in wholly secular terms.   

IV.  Nietzsche & Socrates (PHIL 3223.01)           

            Instructor: Jacob Howland            

            Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays—12:30-1:45 PM            

            Location: Chapman Hall, 253

This course is an exploration of ancient and modern interpretations of the philosopher Socrates, with special emphasis on the thought of Nietzsche.  The class will also consider the quarrel between philosophy and poetry, the nature of philosophical eros, the “decadence” of philosophy and philosophical rhetoric.

V.  Augustine (PHIL 4243.01)           

            Instructor: Francis Hittinger            

            Time: Mondays—6:00-8:30 PM            

            Location: Chapman Hall, 254

This course is an introduction to the theology of Augustine of Hippo, with special attention to his moral and political writings.  “Augustine” is also cross listed as REL 4043.

VI.  Protestant Reformation (REL 3383.01)

            Instructor: Matthew Drever

            Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays—11:00 AM-12:15 PM

            Location: Chapman Hall, 251

This course is a survey of the religious issues at stake in the reformation and the historical and political context in which these issues are developed.