Course Descriptions

To foster the pursuit of wisdom, graduate courses investigate the intersection of human experience and the nature of reality, and they do so in dialogue with the classics of the Western philosophical tradition.

Graduate philosophy courses include topics such as...

  • Philosophy of Law
  • Philosophy of History
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Asian Thought
  • Scholastic Tradition
  • Phenomenological Tradition

Courses also cover the following areas:

Historical Sequence

HIstorical courses are offered sequentially in a three-year cycle in order to give students the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the entire history of Western philosophy. Courses include the following text seminars:

  • Antiquity
  • Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
  • The Later Middle Ages
  • Early Modernity
  • Later Modernity
  • Postmodernity

Topical Courses

Topical courses are devoted to reflection in some of the fundamental areas of philosophical inquiry. Building on readings from the tradition of Western philosophy, they are aimed not merely at textual exegesis, but at understanding the "things themselves." These courses include: 

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Philosophy of God
  • Metaphysics
  • The Nature of Tradition

Research Seminars

The Research Seminars are advanced courses usually restricted to doctoral students. They reflect current faculty research, both on particular thinkers and on specialized topics. Topics include: 

  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Cicero and Augustine in Dialogue
  • Maimonides
  • Descartes's Thinking
  • Spinoza
  • Hegel's Encyclopaedia: Logic, Nature, Spirit
  • Wittgenstein
  • Lonergan's Insight
  • Christianity and Postmodernism
  • The Notion of Being
  • Metaphysical Themes
  • Themes in Social and Political Philosophy
  • Res extensa
  • Philosophy of Imagination

News

Professors Awarded NEH Grant to Support Writing Programs

Chair and Associate Professor of English Debra Romanick Baldwin, Ph.D., and Professor of Physics and recent Interim Dean of Constantin College Sally Hicks, Ph.D., have secured a $299,078 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support writing instruction at UD for the fall 2020 semester.

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His first step was to enroll in physician’s assistant school at Baylor’s College of Medicine, a career trajectory to which he had aspired since his early childhood. Nowadays, Jonathan Cunningham, BA ’17, is dedicated to the vocational pursuit of comfort and healing at MD Anderson in Houston, among the largest cancer treatment centers in the U.S., where he was once a chemotherapy patient himself.

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History Alumnus Heads National Catholic Bioethics Center

During his Rome semester in 1991, Joseph Meaney, BA '93, with his friends (now Father) Kevin Cook, BA '94, and (now Texas State Representative and UD Trustee) Tan Parker, BA '93, attended a private Mass with Pope St. John Paul II. Several weeks earlier, they had hand-delivered a letter to the Swiss Guards outside St. Peter's requesting the Mass and including their contact information; at last, they'd received the phone call instructing them to be at the Bronze Gates at 5 a.m.

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