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Registration: Interim

Interim 2011

Philosophy

W10 Arguing with Augustine.  In this class we will study and discuss Augustine's Confessions in connection with study of a small number of shorter works, including his On Free Choice of the Will.  In Confessions, Augustine puts his ideas about sin, love, and grace in narrative form, shows the power of these ideas to illuminate the twisting paths of his own life and his friends' lives, as they ruined themselves by “looking for love in all the wrong places.”  In On Free Choice, he uses logical argument to show explore perplexing issues about how the same ideas cohere with each other, with Scripture, and with our experience of the world.  In studying Augustine, we will attend to linkages between his cultural context and ours: to his roots in Platonism, to how Platonism influenced John Calvin, and (through review of Plantinga's book Engaging God's World and other Kuyperian writings) to how we can avoid conformity to the world while affirmative about the material creation and its joys.  This class will be conducted in a seminar style, so size will be limited. The material is rich but philosophically demanding; it is meant for students who are serious about improving their reading and writing skills, and who can willingly give 3-4 hours per day in preparation for class. Evaluation will be based on class participation, regular writing, quizzes, and presentations, and a paper representing the student's personal synthesis of material covered.  S. Wykstra.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

W12 Moral Complicity in Film. Moral agents are frequently complicit in the wrongdoing of others. The law has strict guidelines for determining when someone is an accomplice in the crimes of others, but this course will focus on the moral issues involving complicity. It is examined in relation to other moral concepts like moral duty and moral responsibility. It is also examined in the context of the Christian life. About eight motion pictures will be shown illustrating complicity in wrongdoing. Evaluation is based on a research paper and several short written assignments. One previous course in Philosophy is recommended but not required.  G. Mellema.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

IDIS W14 Peace, Pubs and PluralismK. Corcoran.

IDIS W24 Elementary, My Dear WatsonD. Ratzsch.

IDIS W32 L'Abri Fellowship. L. Hardy.