PHIL 1100 (100) Ethics

Instructor: Benson Center Director Professor Daniel Jacobson

T/TH 12:45 - 1:35 p.m., meets remotely

Introductory study of major philosophies on the nature of the good for humanity, principles of evaluation, and moral choice as they apply to contemporary moral problems.


ENLP 2000 (001) Leadership, Fame and Failure

Instructor: Benson Center Associate Faculty Director Dr. Shilo Brooks

T/TH 11:10 a.m. - 12:25 p.m., Engineering Center ECCR 135

Examines the ambition, moral character, prudence and grit required for effective leadership. Common causes of leadership failure are also considered. A wide variety of ancient and modern leaders are studied in the disciplines of science and technology, politics, business and military affairs using primary source readings in history, philosophy and literature. Also explores whether leadership is a teachable art.


CWCV 4000 (002) Foundations of Western Civilization: History of Liberalism

Instructor: Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy Professor Alan S. Kahan

T/TH 11:10 a.m. - 12:25 p.m., Fleming 271B

Discusses the development of “liberalism,” in all the many and sometimes contradictory meanings of the word and the thing: from Adam Smith and Montesquieu to today; in Europe and America; and across issues as varied as the right to vote, feminism, nationalism and imperialism, and the proper relationship of the state to individuals and groups. If liberalism is a family resemblance, what does the family look like?


CWCV 4000 (002) Foundations of Western Civilization: Mind vs. Money

Instructor: Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy Professor Alan S. Kahan

T/TH 2:20 - 3:35 p.m., Fleming 170

Trade and traders, money and money-lenders, capitalism and capitalists have all been subject to criticism for centuries in Western thought and literature. This class will examine some of the recurring themes that run through this criticism and explore its impact on contemporary thought, cinema, TV, and literature.


PHIL 3000 (002) History of Ancient Philosophy

Instructor: Scholar in Residence Dr. Tristan Rogers

M/W/F 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m., Hellems 229

Surveys developments in metaphysics, ethics, logic, and philosophy of mind from the Pre-Socratics through Hellenistic philosophy, focusing primarily on the arguments of the philosophers. Topics may include: Zeno’s paradoxes of time and motion; Democritean atomism; Plato on knowledge, reality, ethics, and politics; Aristotle on logic and natural philosophy; Epicurus on pleasure and friendship; Epicurean atomism; the Stoics on materialism, determinism, and vagueness; and the coherence and practicality of global skepticism.


CLAS 3009 (001) Modern Issues, Ancient Times: Mediterranean Migrations

Instructor: Scholar in Residence Dr. Catherine Steidl 

T/TH 3:35 - 5:10 p.m., Hellems 237

Considers issues of vital importance to humans, both now and in ancient times. Topics such as food, death, sex, family, literacy, or power are explored to consider how ancient societal norms and attitudes evolved and how they relate to modern culture. Draws on material and literary evidence to develop an understanding of the complexities of ancient life.