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24-Feb-1994Deontological ethics, social contract theories, John Rawls A Theory of Justice, Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill (utilitarians), "rights", English Liberalism, John LockeBaer, Richard
23-Sep-2003The desacralization of nature, Leo Marx Pastoral Ideals and City Troubles, recurring themes in literature - retreat from civilization, escape to nature, return to civilization; The Interrupted Idyll, symbolic landscape, lengthy discussion - racism, breakdown of family structure, lack of diverse viewpoints at CornellBaer, Richard
22-Feb-1994Descriptive vs. normative ethics, meta-ethics, logical positivism, the extent of ethical consensus, John Rawls "reflective equilibrium", teleological ethics, Alistair MacIntyreBaer, Richard
27-Jan-1994Environmental studies - theory vs. specificsBaer, Richard
4-Sep-2001The epistemological status of moral claims, CS Lewis The Abolition of Man, human dominance over nature; Thomas MertonBaer, Richard
6-Sep-2001Epistemology (discussion): radical doubt, "knowledge equals certainty", warrantable assertions, examples: gratuitous harm and truth-telling, difference between hard and social sciences, experimental method, literature as thought-experiment, learning by mistakes (eg. no-fault divorce), unprovable assumptions of scienceBaer, Richard
25-Sep-2001Epistemology, Gordon Kaufman, Ian Barbour, Carl Sagan, the Genesis account from the Bible, H. and H.A. Frankfort Before Philosophy, personalized nature, myths, an example of a scientific mythBaer, Richard
29-Mar-1994A feminist perspective on environmental ethics: Carol Gilligan, Val Plumwood, the effects of the sexual revolution, daycare vs. parental care, Wendell Berry The Unsettling of AmericaBaer, Richard
4-Dec-2003FriendsBaer, Richard
25-Nov-2003The future of NR-407Baer, Richard
12-Mar-1994Galatians, historical time line for Judaism and Christianity, Gospel precedes Law, Peter, Paul, and circumcision, Harvard grad school, Emil Brunner, how are we to love our neighbor?Baer, Richard
1-Feb-1994God and Religion: William Cantwell Smith The Meaning and End of Religion, "religio", reification, God reveals not religion, but himself; the language of discourse in the university, the importance of soft knowledgeBaer, Richard
11-Nov-2003The God Who PlaysBaer, Richard
3-May-1994The God Who PlaysBaer, Richard
10-Mar-1994Greek vs. Hebrew views of history, discussion of Deut. 26, Deut. 6:20-25, the indicative precedes the imperativeBaer, Richard
2-Sep-2003Guided discussion on values and facts, theoretical certainty, knowledge as warrantable assertionsBaer, Richard
14-Apr-1994How much of heaven is available to us now? How much of the biocentric agenda is implementable without becoming inhumane? pros and cons of anthropo-, bio-, and theo-centrism; Parfit's dilemma - our obligations to future generations; John Passmore, Man's Responsibility to Nature; theistic, Christian, Jewish approaches; biocentrics as prophets of the idealBaer, Richard
4-Dec-2003How should we live?, CS Lewis, sehnsucht, the sweet poison of the false infinite, overzealous reformers and planners, praise and celebration, cosmic compost, Merlin Caruthers, Thomas MertonBaer, Richard
4-Sep-2003How to read the assigned readings, Sachs, facts, values, knowledge, relativism, radical doubtBaer, Richard
28-Aug-2003Introduction: How should we live? intentions vs. performance, Bill Joy Why the future doesn't need us, the theology of the ballet, CS Lewis The Abolition of Man, discussionBaer, Richard
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