Existentialism vs. Aquinas & Wittgenstein: A Decision

After attending each of the philosophy classes in question I have decided to take them both (and have dropped a different class). My fall semester, finally, looks as follows:

History of Philosophy I
An introduction to Western philosophical thought from the classical period to the medieval period.

Aquinas & Wittgenstein: Language, Reality, and God
An examination of the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas and Ludwig Wittgenstein, focusing on questions concerning the meaning of language, the nature of reality, and the possibility of human talk about God. Special attention will be given to an exploration of the implications of our understanding of language for how and what we think about reality, knowledge, the self, ethics, and God.

Existentialism: Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche
This course examines select writings of Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Dostoevsky. It will pursue an understanding of their diagnoses of the ills of the modern era, the resources each draws on in order to confront these ills with wisdom and courage, and the forms of individual and social life that their respective prophetic visions advocate.

Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles
This course investigates the principal writings of Paul in the New Testament to discover how his thought guided the communities formed by his mission to the Gentiles. Attention will be given to Paul’s sense of call, his central convictions, method of argument, opponents, approach to cultural diversity, and view of the Jewish law.

I will be taking the last of my requirements for my philosophy minor this fall, which is bitter sweet.  But, there is a lot of reading, a lot of writing, and a lot of discussing that I look forward too in this semester, a lot. As far as other classes go, I can see the end, although there is a lot of work to do before then. I just applied for the honours program as well, which (if I get in and complete my thesis and what not) would then get me an honours degree in Biblical and Theological Studies with a double minor in Philosophy and Peace & Conflict Transformation Studies. The all too familiar question begins to creep in: what next? To which I have far too many answers rather than too few.

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4 comments on “Existentialism vs. Aquinas & Wittgenstein: A Decision

  1. Julia says:

    That existentialism course might as well be called Travis Kroeker 101. And it will be awesome.

    Melanie, could you send me an e-mail? Any old e-mail would do. I somehow did not save your address and now I can’t send you my thesis.

  2. Ah, to be in the last throes of an undergrad. Enjoy. There are many great things ahead but nothing (from my experience) quite like the exploration of an undergraduate degree.

  3. Zac Klassen says:

    Just out of curiosity, the text in Aquinas is the Mary T. Clark one, right? How much/what of that compilation of texts are you guys reading?

    Zac

  4. Kampen says:

    It is. Up to and including p. 347 (Theological Virtues and Revelation).

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