Joel From, Ph.D

Professor of Philosophy and Humanities

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Intro to Philosophy I

A study of the history, methods and assumptions of the classical philosophical systems with special attention given to epistemology and metaphysics. The course emphasizes critical thinking and the development of understanding through reasoned argument.

Intro to Philosophy II

A continued study of the foundations established in Introduction to Philosophy I with special consideration given to philosophy of religion, ethics, and social philosophy. Emphasis will again be placed on the development of critical thinking skills.

Social / Political Philosophy

This course will critically analyze and evaluate philosophical theories of political and social organization. Attention will be given to primary source documents and to the social and intellectual milieu surrounding these classic theories. Authors studied include: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machievelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill and Marx.

Philosophy of Religion

An exploration of philosophical concerns arising out of theism in general and Christian theism in particular. The topics in this course are designed to complement those covered in PHI201: Introduction to Philosophy II. Topics include: faith and reason; the divine attributes; religious language; life after death; religious diversity, and the philosophical analysis of theological doctrines.

Philosophy of Education

A philosophical analysis of classic, modern, analytic, and post-analytic theories of education. Major theorists studied include Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Mill, Whitehead, Dewey, Hirst, Peters, and Rorty. Particular attention will be paid to varying conceptions of the nature, scope, purpose, and social implications of education.

Intro to Sociology I

An introduction to the study of the individual in society. The course includes an historical overview of the discipline and the nature of sociology in general with special emphasis on social processes.

Intro to Sociology II

An introduction to the study of the structure of society. The course gives special attention to social stratification, social institutions and social issues, with emphasis on Canadian society.

Advanced Studies in Christian World View

This seminar integrates biblical and general studies, examines the philosophical and historical bases for various world views and assists each student in developing and articulating a comprehensive world view.

Senior Humanities Seminar

This course involves a program of interdisciplinary reading in the classics, seminar participation, presentation of papers, and peer review.

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