One studies in depth a particular issue in philosophical anthropology. Examples include the problem of individuation, the nature of subjectivity, the relation between the soul and body, the immortality of the person, and issues involving acts of the human person such as love, freedom, or aesthetic enjoyment. Possible issues also include some topics that fall within social philosophy or the philosophy of community such as the nature of intersubjectivity, types of social acts, the nature of marriage and the family, the nature of the common good, and the relation between human beings and the state. This course can be taken more than once since its content will vary.
This course examines in depth a particular topic in metaphysics. Examples include the transcendental properties of being, the relation between substance and accident, the problem of universals, what time is, and the relation between being and value. Possible topics include those that fall within the area of natural theology such as the cosmological arguments for the existence of God, the problem of God and evil, and the various attributes of God. This course also encompasses questions of ontology such as the ontology of certain aesthetic objects and the ontology of relations. This course can be taken more than once since its content will vary.
This course focuses on a particular topic in epistemology. Examples include the role of sense perception in knowledge, the nature of error, the difference between knowledge and opinion, the various forms of evidence in knowledge, and the social and historical conditions of knowledge. This course also encompasses issues in the philosophy of religion such as the relation between faith and knowledge and revelation as a source of religious knowledge. This course can be taken more than once since its content will vary.
In this course one studies in depth a specific question or area of ethics such as sexual or environmental ethics, the nature of moral virtue and vice, the nature of conscience, and what natural law is. This course encompasses some topics that fall within the scope of political philosophy such as the nature of rights, the forms of justice, and the relation between moral obligation and duty. This course can be taken more than once since its content will vary.
This course focuses on the specific topic in philosophical logic. Examples include principles of probability, tense logic, the nature of reference, set theory, the nature of conditional propositions, principles of modal logic, propositions and states of affairs, negative states of affairs, the status of logical laws, and logical atomism. This course can be taken more than once since its content will vary.
A critical study of ethical principles for choices in health care issues: including natural law, other influential ethical theories, beginning of life, the health care professional-patient relationship, informed consent, truth-telling, issues surrounding procreation, genetic choices, end of life issues.
This course deals with issues such as informed consent, physician paternalism, terminating life- support, artificial reproduction, genetic engineering, cloning, stem-cell research. Catholic teaching on these issues is presented and examined.