Philosophy

Jay Irwin

Jay Irwin holds an MFA in creative writing as well as an MA in systematic and philosophical theology. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham, preparing a dissertation on the subject of nature and grace in the theo-poetics of Charles Péguy.

His main interests and themes of research include Greek and Medieval metaphysics, the relationship of theology and philosophy, intersections between politics and theology, intersections between literature and theology, and the theme of the ‘between’ itself: What does it mean to be ‘between’ life and death? Between time and eternity? Between the known and the unknown?

Jay is excited to introduce students to the likes of Plato, Aristotle, St Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas, voices which, far from relics of the past, serve to revivify and re-ignite a supple and eminently spiritual sense of reason which modern philosophy so often (and so sorely) lacks.

Discipline

Philosophy

Dr. Richard Sandlin

Richard is interested in philosophy, theology, and poetry. He is especially interested in how the Christian contemplative and poetic tradition contributes to the sacramental worldview/metaphysics. He is also interested in High Church/Anglo-Catholic theology, environmental philosophy/eco-theology, Heidegger, and the philosophy of technology.

Richard greatly enjoys teaching Critical Thinking, Intro to Ethics, Business Ethics and Intro to Philosophy at Corpus Christi College.

Education

B.A. – University of California, Berkeley
M.A. – Brandeis University
PhD – University of British Columbia

PHIL 203: Philosophy of Religion

A topical introduction to the philosophy of religion examining the nature and attributes of God, the classical and contemporary cosmological, teleological, and ontological arguments that have been proposed for and against the existence of God, the problem of evil as it is found in its evidential form, and the relation between faith and reason.

PHIL 217: Philosophy of the Human Person

This course introduces students to some of the central problems of philosophy in a study of what it is to say that human beings are persons and have freedom and subjectivity.

PHIL 218: Philosophy and Consumer Culture

This course investigates the social, historical and philosophical causes and consequences of technological consumer culture. It takes up the ageless questions concerning the meaning of life and puts them to an age unprecedented in its proximity to the possibility of human extinction. What does it mean to be human at a time when all things, including humanity, seem disposable?

PHIL 220: Metaphysics

This course offers an introductory treatment of traditional themes in metaphysics, which can be defined as the most general investigation possible into the nature of reality. Using classical and contemporary readings, students will study the following: the mind-body problem, the nature of space and time, determinism, freedom and fatalism, theories of reality, causation, personal identity, the nature and existence of God, and theories of truth.

PHIL 231: Business Ethics

This course is an introduction to Business Ethics—the critical, structured examination of the morality of practices and decision-making processes by people and institutions in the world of commerce. The course emphasizes both the philosophical foundations of ethical conduct and the practical problems encountered in the day-to-day transactions of business affairs. Using actual case studies, students will learn about various ethical and meta-ethical theories, and will apply them in standard business contexts—such as employer-employee relations, working conditions, occupational and product safety, environmental protection, and multinational operations.

PHIL 101: Greek Philosophy from Pre-Socratics to Aristotle

An introduction to some of the central philosophical problems examined in their historical development from the Pre-Socratic philosophers to Aristotle. Some of the topics examined are: the nature of philosophical inquiry, the problem of human knowledge, the nature of the soul, being and reality, basic issues in moral and political philosophy.

PHIL 102: Philosophy from Post-Aristotelic Period to Early Medieval

An introduction to some of the central philosophical problems examined in their historical development from the Post-Aristotelic schools of philosophy to John Scotus Eriugena. Some of the topics examined are: characteristics of Hellenistic philosophy; Roman philosophy; Neoplatonism; the relationship between Revelation and philosophy as seen by the Fathers of the Church; the early Medieval attempts to lay the foundation for a Christian philosophy.

PHIL 103: Introduction to Philosophy

This first-year course is a historical, problem-oriented introduction to philosophy encompassing four major areas of philosophical inquiry: the philosophy of religion, the philosophy of mind, the theory of knowledge, and ethical theory.

PHIL 104: Critical Thinking

An introduction to philosophical reasoning intended to improve a student’s ability to analyze and evaluate the arguments and assertions commonly met in everyday life. This course focuses on the informal logic of everyday language (the semantics of natural language) but includes some training in elementary formal logic.

PHIL 131: Introduction to Ethics

Students will consider the meaning and justification of moral claims by critically examining various perspectives on whether morality has an objective basis. Students will be introduced to the standard theories of ethical conduct and will learn to apply these theories to contemporary moral problems.

PHIL 201: History of Philosophy from Later Middle Ages to 16th Century

This course is an introduction to some of the central philosophical problems examined in their historical development from the 1lth century to the Late Renaissance. Some of the topics examined are: the formation of Scholasticism; the problem of universals; the relationship between faith and reason as seen by St. Bonaventure, St. Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and Ockham; the spirit of the Renaissance, with a special emphasis on philosophy of nature.

PHIL 202: History of Philosophy from Descartes to Kant

This course will cover the history of modern philosophy—roughly the period that extends from the Renaissance through to Emmanuel Kant (1724-1804). We shall discuss figures such as Descartes, Locke, Hume, and Kant, and concentrate mainly on epistemological and metaphysical issues.