Information on Philosophy Course Units
The Ancient and Early Medieval Philosophy course unit provides an introduction to philosophy by considering its origins in Greek philosophy and its encounter with Christian thought during the early Middle Ages. Students will also be introduced to the nature of philosophical inquiry and will examine several philosophical texts, thereby gaining a sense of the history of ideas. Info for 2021 s1.
The Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy course unit covers the history of thought in the West during the Middle Ages and up to Locke. Students are introduced to several key texts and will learn how and why philosophical enquiry changes during the period.
The Logic and Critical Thinking course unit provides structured, practical instruction in the nature of and skills of critical thinking.
Moral philosophy or ethics is one of the major branches of philosophy and part of the foundational submajor in philosophy in the SCD. This unit will introduce students to the basic questions of, and most common approaches to, moral philosophy, with special reference to those ethical issues and approaches that are relevant to Christian Ethics or Moral Theology. Info for 2021 s1.
The Descartes to Kant course unit covers the history of thought in the West from the time of Descartes (early 17th century) to the time of Kant (end of the 18th century). We study “modernity”, the philosophical approach which led to the Western Enlightenment, and eventually to the rise of Western secular society.
The Kant to Postmodernism unit examines the critical tradition of philosophy in the modern period that has largely defined itself over and against religion and authority. This unit provides an important background for the study of modern theology.
The Metaphysics course unit address the most fundamental questions at stake in our understanding of reality in all its forms, by considering the perennial questions of being and existence, God and the human soul. This unit complements those approaches to theology which are shaped by philosophical concepts and modes of reasoning.
The Human Person course unit examines the philosophical anthropology of major texts and thinkers from the history of philosophy. It takes in classical traditional accounts from a Christian perspective and critical accounts from psychological and other perspectives. Info for 2021 s1.