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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
25-Jan-1994Introduction: Religion and culture - the nature of religion; personal storiesBaer, Richard
9-Oct-2003The limitations of rationalism in ethics, male and female perspectives, Carol Gilligan, modern feminism, the environmental effect of social pathologiesBaer, Richard
18-Sep-2003The meaning of the term nature, consequences of the desacralization of nature, King David and Nathan the prophet, the romanticization of nature, the need for historical imaginationBaer, Richard
2-Dec-2003The modern university, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, questions and comments about the course, imposing beliefs on othersBaer, Richard
8-Feb-1994Moral judgments, epistemology and Liberal thinking, enlightenment and post-modern reasoning, polishing bowlsBaer, Richard
28-Apr-1994The nature of the environmental debate, extremist language, the Loyal Opposition, magnanimity and trust vs. government regulation, developing standards for truth-telling in the context of contentious issues, elephants in Zimbabwe, the Boston Rt 128 loop, development value, Henry George Progress and Poverty, ethics of transition and compromise, Spotted Owl habitat, property use restrictionsBaer, Richard
25-Sep-2003Philosophy of science - faith and reason, values and facts; fallibism, running commentary on Ian Barbour Issues in Science and Religion: logical positivism and the "verification principle", factual claims vs. value claims, Michael Polanyi Personal Knowledge, brief discussionBaer, Richard
13-Nov-2003Reinhold Niebuhr, history of Judaism and Christianity, Paul's letter to the Galatians, God's love, freedom, writer's block at HarvardBaer, Richard
16-Sep-2003Relationship between humans and nature, dominion over nature, H. and H.A. Frankfort Before Philosophy, ancient and modern cultural myths, Lynn White The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis, Western scientific progress and the desacralization of nature, Louis Moncrief The Cultural Basis of Our Environmental Crisis, democratization and the exploitation of nature, Biblical environmentalism, short discussionBaer, Richard
3-Feb-1994Religion in the University: Emil Brunner, Jefferson and the use of the word sectarian, implications for government public schools, the Big Questions, religious neutrality, a functional view of religion, Emil Durkheim, the Cornell School of Human Ecology, discussionBaer, Richard
28-Oct-2003Running commentary on Stanley Hauerwas on Iris Murdoch, the concepts of freedom, humility, and loveBaer, Richard
7-Oct-2003Science in the context of an absence of transcendent authority, the need for authoritative community, a functional view of religion, Emil Durkheim, the Big Questions, Wilfred Cantwell SmithBaer, Richard
6-Nov-2003Sin, determinism, human responsibility, Reinhold NiebuhrBaer, Richard
1-Mar-1994Stanley Hauerwas on Iris Murdoch, the meaning of "freedom", rationality in the service of desire vs. being part of a worthy story, cost-benefit analysis vs. "unselfing", Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, discussionBaer, Richard
3-Mar-1994Uriah the Hittite, ideological taint, sensuality vs. prideBaer, Richard
10-Feb-1994Wayne Booth The Rhetoric of Assent, knowledge claims in the hard sciences vs. knowledge claims in the humanities, Neurath's boat, how to show proper respect for moral and religious argumentsBaer, Richard
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