At the center of today’s deepest and most divisive controversies lies the question about the nature and dignity of the human person: What does it mean to be a human person? How must we treat others and ourselves to respect our personhood? What is the significance of the body and of sexuality? Is freedom compatible with obedience, or dignity with dependence? This course addresses such fundamental questions. It is the most foundational one we offer.
It is designed for personal enrichment, not for academic credit. No exams and no homework. Anyone who is interested and willing to think along will benefit from it. We try to leave lots of room for questions and discussion.
As to content, the class stands in deliberate continuity with the perennial philosophy (i.e. thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas) but draws mainly from more recent Christian thinkers (such as Newman, Pieper, Wojtyla, Hildebrand, Crosby) because they are better attuned to the particular concerns and questions of contemporary man.
Classes will be held at our home in West Chester, between 8:00 and 9:30 pm on the dates listed above. Each lecture will be recorded and posted online a day or two later for those who can't come in person. Enrolled students can listen to these lectures at their convenience, and discuss them online. (I am also available via email, of course.)
No reading is required or necessary to follow the course, but if you like to dig deeper, I recommend you begin with one of these: