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24-02 Introduction to Philosophy is a Course

24-02 Introduction to Philosophy

Feb 26, 2024 - Apr 12, 2024

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Introduction to Philosophy, developed by Dr. Gregory P. Floyd, introduces students to the key figures and central concepts in Western philosophy, paying particular attention to the key points of contact between philosophy and theology. The course identifies central questions about the relationship between human reason and faith, philosophy and theology, and between knowing and believing (what is often referred to as the Catholic Intellectual Tradition). As the course examines particular figures and ideas, the course seeks to develop habits of questioning, reasoning, arguing, evaluating, and judging. These dispositions are necessary for the philosopher, anyone in any field of work, and of course those engaged in theology and ministry. This course will be especially important for those interested in further theological study, especially deacon candidates. 

Course Content

Unit 1: Wisdom- Socrates and Plato

Unit 2: Virtue- Aristotle

Unit 3: Faith- Church Fathers; Augustine; Aquinas

Unit 4: Enlightenment

Unit 5: Doubt- Descartes; Pascal; Kierkegaard

Course Format

  • Seven weeks in duration; first week for orientation.
  • Up to 20 students in each course.
  • Video lectures with text transcripts available 
  • Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration, internet links provided for all readings.
  • Written assignments (200-250) required.
  • Facilitator-moderated weekly Zoom sessions with participants.

Participation Requirements

  • View or read the lecture for each unit.
  • Read assigned texts; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussions.
  • Answer weekly discussion question. 
  • Respond to weekly unit assignment.
  • Attend weekly Zoom for each unit. If you cannot attend, you can still meet the participation requirements.
  • Complete the course evaluation.

Time Expectations

3 to 5 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.

Course Certificate

An electronic certificate of completion awarding 35 contact hours will be available in course when completing all course requirements.


Course Begins: February 2024