Al P. Martinich
Professor — PhD, University of California at San Diego
Roy Allison Vaughan Centennial Professor in Philosophy
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- Office: WAG 416A
- Office Hours: TH 10:30-11:30
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A specialist in the history of modern philosophy and the philosophy of language, his books include Communication and Reference (1984), The Two Gods of Leviathan (Cambridge, 1992), A Hobbes Dictionary (Blackwell, 1995), and Thomas Hobbes (St. Martin's, 1997). His book, Hobbes: A Biography (Cambridge, 1999) won the Robert W. Hamilton Faculty Book Award for 2000. He has also translated Hobbes' Computatio sive logica: Part One of De Corpore (1981), is co-editor with David Sosa of the leading anthology on The Philosophy of Language (sixth edition, Oxford, 2013), and also co-editor with David Sosa of Analytic Philosophy: An Anthology (second edition, Wiley, 2012) and A Companion to Analytic Philosophy (Blackwell, 2001). He is Vice-President of the Board of Directors of The Journal of the History of Philosophy, and has twice held NEH Fellowships. He has lectuerd extensively in Chine and has published articles in which he applies analytic philosophy to Chinese philosophy.
T C 302 • Uses And Abuses Of The Bible
TTH 200pm-330pm CRD 007A
This course has a writing flag.
We will study some representative cases of the ways the Bible has been used, and sometimes abused, through the centuries. We begin with Genesis, Exodus, parts of the books of Samuel and Kings, Job, the gospel of Mark, and parts of the gospel of John in order to understand what the original authors meant by their works. Because popular books, like The Da Vinci Code and Adam, Eve and the Serpent, have renewed interest in ancient writings that did not get included in the Bible, we will read a selection of these, including The Life of Adam and Eve, The Gospel of Thomas, and the Infancy Gospel of Thomas. These will be followed by selections from the Qur’an, which contains variations on the biblical stories. We will then read two seventeenth century authors, Thomas Hobbes and John Milton, who used biblical themes and problems in their philosophy, literature, and politics. We will end with a selection of other uses/abuses of the Bible, possibly feminist, Native American, or anti-slavery interpretations.
Selections from the Apocrypha
Renita Weems, “The Hebrew Women Are not Like the Egyptian Women: The Ideology of Race, Gender and Sexual Reproduction in Exodus 1” handout
1 Samuel 17-1 Kings 2
John Milton, Paradise Lost
Job (cc. 1-3; 38-42)
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan cc. 33-38, and 44
Gospel of Mark
Gospel of John 8, 21-22
Essay: Feb. 13 (in two versions: 100-200 words and 300-700 words) - 15%
Essay: (in two versions: 150-300 words, and 1,200-2,000 words) - 20%
Essay: 1,200-3,300 words (The final essay must be a revision of essay 2 or 3 and must be 1000-2000 words longer than the revised essay.) - 35%
Class discussion: 20%
Final examination: 10%
About the Professor
A. P. Martinich, Roy Allison Vaughan Centennial Professor of Philosophy and Professor of History and Government, is the author or editor of fifteen books and many articles, most of which concern language, religion, politics, or the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. His book, Hobbes: a Biography was awarded the Robert Hamilton Faculty Book Award (2000). He was awarded the Plan II Honors Chet Oliver Teaching Award, in 2008 He was a Faculty Fellow for many years and was twice named Faculty Fellow of the Year.