INTEGRATION SEMINAR – Fall 2014
PHIL 5098-R01 – Tentative Syllabus
Tom Krettek, S.J.
Class Hours: Wednesday 9:00—11:00 A.M.
Room: Collins 139
Office: Collins B27
Office Hours: TBD
Office Phone: 718-817-5896
“The ‘habitus philosophicus’ which this time of studies enables us to acquire to some extent is more than ever necessary today. … In this context, philosophy offers itself as a means for understanding with greater clarity the nature and worth of aspirations for a new social and international order. The problems of justice and of human rights, dialogue between religions and cultures, the new ethical questions which loom up in a changing world, are so many challenges to human thought. … The service of faith also requires the contribution of philosophical discussion as an indispensable instrument to take up the challenge of a world wherein one confronts the loss of all sense of transcendence, the pretensions of totalitarian ideologies, or finally the reduction of religious values to meaninglessness.” (Fr. Kolvenbach, Letter on First Studies)
Course Goals: “An integration seminar in the final year cultivates a personal synthesis of the issues raised by the courses over the three year program and also prepares Jesuit students for the De universa philosophia examination.”
1. Prepare Jesuit students to take and pass the de universa philosophia examination.
2. Assist Jesuit students in developing a personal synthesis of their philosophical education that prepares them for working in our mission of service of the faith that does justice and at the frontiers in dialogue with the natural sciences, social sciences, modern communications, other religions, and culture.
3. Enable the Jesuit students to grasp some of the relationships between Faith and Reason and Philosophy and Theology.
Schedule of Classes:
August 27: Introduction and Woodhouse, Preface to Philosophy, Chapters I to V
September 3: Woodhouse, Preface to Philosophy, Chapters VI to VII, Appendix and Glossary
September 10: Retrieving the Ancients – Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2
September 17: Retrieving the Ancients – Chapters 3 and 4
September 24: Philosophy for Understanding Theology, Introduction through Chapter 6
October 1: Understanding Our Being – Introduction and Part 1
October 8 Understanding Our Being – Part 2
October 15 Understanding Our Being – Part 3
October 22 Philosophy for Understanding Theology, Chapter 7 through 13
October 29 The Logic of Modernity – Chapters 1 through 4
November 5 The Logic of Modernity – Chapter 6 and The Modern Philosophical Revolution, Chapter 1
November 12 The Logic of Modernity – Chapter 7 and 8 and The Modern Philosophical Revolution, Chapter 2
November 19 The Modern Philosophical Revolution – Introduction and Chapters 3 and 4
November 26 Thanksgiving break
December 3 The Modern Philosophical Revolution – Chapters 5 and 6
December 10 The Modern Philosophical Revolution, Chapters 7 and 8 and Epilogue
Allen, D. and Springsted, E. Philosophy for Understanding Theology, Second Edition
Carlson, John. Understanding Our Being
Galgan, Gerald. The Logic of Modernity
Roochnik, David. Retrieving the Ancients
Walsh, David. The Modern Philosophical Revolution
Woodhouse, M. A Preface to Philosophy. Ninth Edition.
1. Attendance is required. More than three absences will result in a failing grade for the semester.
2. Reading the Assignments and Participation (10%).
3. Weekly Exercises (60%).
4. Papers (30%).
5. Final Oral Exam