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Lorraine and Tom Pangle, Co-Directors BAT 2.116, C4100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-6648

David A Newheiser

Postdoctoral Fellow Ph.D., 2012, University of Chicago

Jefferson Center Postdoctoral Fellow
David A Newheiser

Interests

early Christian thought; continental philosophy; the invention of sexuality; mystical theology

CTI 335 • History Of Christian Philos

34567 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm GEA 114
(also listed as PHL 354 )
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Description (one to three paragraph description of course content):

Liberal democracy is the theory that individual persons have certain rights that must be respected by governments and cannot be violated merely to improve the condition of the state. Key concepts to be discussed include liberty, democracy, the social contract, and the nature of authority and obligation.

The theory behind liberalism developed from or competed with several traditions such as democracy, republicanism and absolute sovereignty, which were influenced by various religious, economic and political beliefs over a long period of time. Perhaps the most crucial period in this development was seventeenth-century England.

This course is interdisciplinary. It will cover such political and religious events as The Gunpowder Plot, Charles I’s Personal Rule, the Long Parliament, the English Civil War and the execution of King Charles I, the Commonwealth, the Restoration of the Monarchy, the Exclusion Crisis, and the Glorious Revolution. Some crucial works in political philosophy by some great political philosophers, such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke will be discussed along with lesser but still significant theorists such as John Milton. The political relevance of some literary works, such as John Dryden’s Absalom and Achitophel will also be discussed.

A large part of this course will consist of working on a research paper, either alone or in partnership with one or two other students, as dictated by the topic and student interest.

 

List of Proposed Texts /Readings:

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan revised edition (edited by Martinich and Battiste) (Broadview)

John Locke, Two Treatises of Government

Robert Buchholz and Newton Key, Early Modern England, 1485-1714

A. P. Martinich, Philosophical Writing 3rd ed. (Wiley-Blackwell)

 

Proposed Grading Policy:

Class Participation and Assignments: 20%

In term tests: 30%

First Essay: 1,000-2,500 words: 10%

Research Essay: 4,000-7,000 words: 40%

CTI 304 • The Bible And Its Interpreters

34175 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am CLA 0.106
(also listed as R S 315 )
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* The instructor for this couse will be David Newheiser

 

Course Description 

Throughout their history Jews and Christians have looked to biblical texts for guidance, but the Bible has other readers as well. For 2,000 years Western philosophy and literature have drawn upon biblical motifs in a dizzying range of contexts. We will reflect upon these diverse styles of interpretation in order to ask where the Bible is from, what it is for, and what it means.

We will begin by reading select texts from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures as carefully as we can. We will then examine modern authors such as Erasmus, Spinoza, and Bultmann who argue that the Bible must be read in light of the historical origin of each biblical text. Next we will turn to the symbolic interpretations that emerged from the early Christian confrontation with Judaism, exemplified by Philo, Origen, and Paul of Tarsus. This tradition informed the medieval rumination on scripture described by Bernard of Clairvaux and Thomas Aquinas; we will compare their approach to the literalism of Protestant Reformers such as Luther and Hooker. Finally, we will consider the secularization of biblical interpretation in modern art and politics.

 

Grading

20% participation; 30% exams; 50% papers

 

Texts

The New Oxford Annotated Bible (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Course packet

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