Philosophy for Theology Directed Reading (THEO 500-DR)
It is essential for the theologian to have an in-depth familiarity with the history and development of Western philosophy, both with respect to how it has been appropriated by sacred theology in the past and in the formulation of theological doctrines, and also with respect to how it has contributed to the formation of modern secular society. This course provides an introductory outline of the history of Western philosophy (examining the ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary eras) as well as of the major topics of philosophical inquiry (ontology, nature, epistemology, ethics). Emphasis will be given to the enduring value of the Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophical tradition and its historical importance for Catholic sacred theology. Students will also be familiarized with philosophical argumentation and fallacies to be avoided when drafting such arguments.
This course can be taken for credit or may be audited for a reduced fee of $150. If interested in auditing, please contact Kim Schulman
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