This Theology & Law/Philosophy course will be taught by Colin Redemer, and will run from April 8th through June 15th. The syllabus will be posted when available.
This seminar will explore the intersections of law, ethics, and metaphysics through the lenses of three towering figures: Plato, Thomas Aquinas, and Richard Hooker. Primary attention will be paid to the ways in which Hooker (as the representative of the Protestant tradition) fits with the classical and catholic tradition. Thomas and Plato will provide the bulk of our reading for reasons well-expressed by Josef Pieper: Thomas (and Plato) effaces himself to the end that the intelligibility of the tradition may show clear. This clarity will be an aid to any practicing Christian lawyer, to any Christian leader who is navigating an institution through tumultuous times politically or legally, and to any eager student of Christian ethics.
Colin Redemer (Ph.D. candidate, University of Aberdeen) is Vice-President of the Davenant Institute, Poetry Editor and podcast co-host for Ad Fontes, as well as a professor at St. Mary’s College, California. He also regularly lectures in Philosophy at Davenant Hall, including ongoing cycles in the works of Plato and Aristotle. Follow him on Twitter @REDEMTHETIMES.
Online only, runs 10 weeks, meeting 2 hr./wk. via Zoom. Students will also have the option to participate in class discussion on the Davenant Common Room Discord server. Register to reserve your spot and schedule will be set after a poll of participating students; if the class time does not fit your schedule, you will be eligible for a full refund.
This is a graduate-level course. Although a BA is not a necessary pre-requisite for this course, students should come prepared to do graduate-level work.