Sophomore Level Courses


MW 1:30-2:45 PM

This course will introduce you to classic and contemporary sources in ethics, including primary sources from thinkers such as Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Immanuel Kant, and John Stuart Mill. In addition, we will be reading a range of modern sources that will gives us the opportunity to explore these thinkers’ ideas and how they continue to inform our present-day moral discourse around contemporary topics. We will be discussing matters related to sexuality, economics, and euthanasia/assisted suicide. The main objectives are to promote a more sophisticated grasp of the moral dimensions of human life and an increased awareness of our continued participation in complex, living traditions of critical reflection on what it means to be moral and how to live a good human life.

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TR 11:30 AM-12:45 PM

This course explores the question of the good life and the nature of the human good. The long history of reflection on these themes in the western intellectual tradition has significantly shaped our understandings of human morality and continues to impact the ways we respond to contemporary moral questions. In this course, we will examine a variety of notable ethical theories ranging from classical to contemporary sources, paying particular attention to the distinctive vision of human flourishing articulated in the Roman Catholic and Augustinian tradition. In addition, we will consider a number of pressing and controversial contemporary moral challenges, regarding issues such as world poverty, economic and political justice, immigration, sexuality and family life, bioethics and euthanasia, and the rapidly changing environment. Through careful reading and active discussion, students will be encouraged to expand and deepen their understandings of the ethical life and will be challenged to reevaluate their relationship to themselves, to others, and to the natural environment.

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