Teaching

Introduction to Philosophy (The King’s University)

This course is designed to introduce and apprentice students to key philosophical questions, texts and authors, with special attention to the craft of philosophy as both a collaborative and independent enterprise. In particular, students will be required to read, analyze and write in accordance with three classic genres of philosophical writing: namely, Socratic dialogue, meditation, and disputed questions.

Logic (The King’s University)

This course introduces students to the basic principles and rules of Aristotelian, propositional and predicate logics, respectively. It is geared towards cultivating in students skills such as translation of ordinary language into logically precise language, as well as evaluation and creative appropriation of informal and formal arguments.

Metaphysics (The King’s University)

This course examines the so-called “primary causes and principles” of being, with special attention to the Aristotelian metaphysical tradition as represented by such luminaries as Avicenna, Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle himself. Students are required to demonstrate competence and creative engagement with basic metaphysical distinctions, such as (e.g.) act/potency, form/matter and substance/accident, and appropriate them in the context of key questions about (e.g.) the interconnectedness of the sciences, the human soul and the nature and existence of God.

Philosophy of the Environment (The King’s University)

This course is above all an introduction to some of the most important theoretical debates that have arisen out of the contemporary environmental crisis. Students are asked to understand and debate multiple perspectives on issues such as (e.g.) the relationship of scientific expertise and traditional ecological knowledge, the role of technology in the mitigation of and adaptation to ecological problems, and the ethics of ecological activism. The final third of the course focuses explicitly upon Christian perspectives on the nature and origins of the contemporary crisis, especially insofar as they yield important insights into a coherent vision for the present and future of humanity in creation.

Medieval Philosophy (The King’s University)

The course introduces students to the main figures and ideas in the medieval period. Beginning with Augustine, the course covers the development of philosophy from late antiquity, through the classical Arabic-speaking tradition, and finally to the high middle ages (i.e., roughly 400 – 1400 AD). Special attention is paid to such issues as the relation of faith and reason, the idea of Christian philosophy, and the concepts of divinity, creation, human freedom and sin.

Money, Markets and Morality (Providence College)

This interdisciplinary course examines the effects of market economies and commercial activity on our moral, social, and religious lives.  Questions we will consider include, but are not limited to the following: How has our understanding of the market economy changed over time?  How does commercial activity cultivate or constrain the natural flourishing of human societies?  How do commercial societies shape our conceptions of what is good or desirable?  Giving special attention to primary sources, we will investigate these questions as they arise in their pre-modern, modern, and contemporary forms.

Development of Western Civilization: The Ancient World (Providence College)

This interdisciplinary course examines the civilization of the West through literature, philosophy, theology, history, and art from its beginnings in the ancient Near East, through ancient Greece and Rome, to the Age of Charlemagne.

Metaphysics (Christ the King Seminary)

The goal of this course is to discipline the intellectual lives of students in light of the so-called “primary causes and principles” of being, especially as they support and illumine the mysteries of faith.

Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas (Christ the King Seminary)

This course is designed to shape students into passionate and accurate readers of St. Thomas Aquinas. Special attention is paid not only to the depth of insight, but also the extraordinary breadth and diversity of his texts—all of which are pedagogically ordered to the formation of intellectual virtues that are necessary conditions for leadership and teaching.

Aquinas (Tyndale University College)

Building upon key texts in Aquinas’ corpus, such as De principiis naturae, De ente et essentia and Summa theologiae, this course offers students a sense of the rigor, depth and breadth of the Angelic Doctor’s systematic philosophical project. Special attention is paid to principles and doctrines such as the real distinction between esse and essentia, divine simplicity, and the so-called analogia entis (among others).

Aristotle’s Political Philosophy at the Crossroads of Ethics and History (Institute for Christian Studies) 

This course examines the intimate relationship between Aristotle’s Nicomachean and Eudemian Ethics, his historical/reflective account the Constitution of Athens, and his Politics.  We use Aristotle’s own interdisciplinarity to examine how it has served to inspire and challenge modern political-theoretical understandings of human communal life marked by sharp bifurcations between public and private, fact and value, political and ethical, systematic and historical.