Course Number: PHS 450

Course Title: Philosophical Anthropology  

 

Professor Christopher Apodaca

        EMAIL: capodaca@holyapostles.edu          PHONE: 505-948-1071

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

In this course you will study human nature from the perspective of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Special emphasis will be placed on the philosophical insights of Thomas Aquinas and his work as it has been developed by contemporary Thomists.  

2. ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES

3. COURSE SCHEDULE Week 1: The Nature of Philosophical Psychology

  1. Listen to Lecture 
  2. Readings: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology: Introduction and Chapter 1.  
  3. Forum Post: In 300-500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 200 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.  

Week 2: Vegetative Life

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Readings: An introduction to Thomistic Metaphysics (download file);McInerny, Philosophical Psychology: Chapter 2.  
  3. Forum Post: In 300-500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 200 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.  

Week 3: Sensitive Life

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 3.  
  3. Forum Post: In 300-500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 200 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.  

Week 4: Rational Life

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 4.  
  3. Forum Post: In 300-500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 200 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.
  4. Forum Post: In 300-500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 200 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.  

 

Week 5: Human Sensation

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 5.  
  3. Forum Post: In at least 500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 250 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.  
  4. Choose a topic for your research paper and send the topic to Professor Apodaca for approval.  

Week 6: The Human Mind: Ideas and Judgements  

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 6.  
  3. Forum Post: In 300-500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 200 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.  

Week 7: The Human Mind: Reasoning

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 7.  
  3. Complete the online midterm in Populi by Friday at Midnight EST. You may use your book and your notes, but you may not work with another student on the exam. Your responses should be entirely your own.  

Week 8: Human Emotion

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 8.  
  3. Forum Post: In 300-500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 200 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.  

Week 9: The Human Will

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 9.  
  3. Forum Post: In at 300-500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 200 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.  

Week 10: The Human Person

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 10.  
  3. Forum Post: In 300-500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 200 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.  

Week 11: The Human Soul

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: McInerny, Philosophical Psychology, Chapter 11.  
  3. Forum Post: In 300-500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 200 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.  

Week 12: The Origin of Life and Final Exam

1. Readings:  

http://www.thomisticevolution.org/disputed-questions/how-does-god-createthrough-evolution/ 

                 How did God Create Homo Sapiens through Evolution? 

http://www.thomisticevolution.org/disputed-questions/how-did-god-create-homosapiens-through-evolution/  

4. Forum Post: In 300-500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 200 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.  

Week 13: Non-Thomistic Approaches

  1. Listen to Lecture
  2. Reading: Non-Thomistic Approaches (attached file)
  3. Forum Post: In 300-500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 200 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.  

Week 14: Thomistic Personalism

1. Listen to Lecture

2. Reading: What is Thomistic Personalism (attached file)

  1. Forum Post: In 300-500 words, respond to the questions provided in the forum post and in at least 200 words, thoughtfully respond to the posts of two other students.  
  2. Term paper due by Friday night at midnight. Please email to capodaca@holyapostles.edu  Week 15: Trends in the Philosophy of Human Nature

1. Listen to Lecture

2. Reading: Trends in the Philosophy of Human Nature (attached file)

  1. Forum Post: Write a very brief paragraph reacting to one of the views of human nature discussed in the reading. You are not required to respond to another student’s post, but you may do so if you would like to.  
  2. Final exam due Friday night at midnight EST. Please feel free to use your textbook and notes.  

REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES:

Philosophical Psychology by D.Q. McInerny (Elmhurst, Pennsylvania, The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, 2016) Order from www.fraternitypublications.com. $34.95 plus shipping.  

SUGGESTED READING:

Thomas Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide by Edward Feser (One world Publications, 2009) Available at https://www.amazon.com/Aquinas-Beginners-Guide-Edward-Feser/dp/1851686908. $8.03.  

5. EVALUATION

In regard to all assignments and assessments:

  1. Your work must illustrate that you accurately understand the material covered in the assigned text and in the lectures. NOTE: Sometimes the lecture will provide additional information not covered in the text, and on a few occasions the professor will offer a critique of McInerny’s understanding of a topic.  
  2. Your work must demonstrate more than a surface level knowledge of the course material. Instead you must demonstrate comprehension of the terms, premises, and reasoning related to weekly topics.  
  3. If you are not familiar with Thomistic terminology you should ask for help or seek out additional resources.  
  4. You must keep in mind that philosophy is a science and not a practice in personal musing about feelings, likes or dislikes, or esoteric ideas. Your arguments should be well grounded in reason and closely related to the material covered in class.  
  5. All work, including discussion forum posts, should be written with grammatical accuracy and be composed in formal academic language. Poor writing or grammar will affect your grade.  

Each week you will respond to discussion prompts and reply to your fellow students’ posts. Original posts are due by midnight on the Friday of the weak on which they were assigned, and responses to student posts are due no later than the following Tuesday at midnight.  

Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

The term paper is a formal 3-5 page, double-spaced essay.  

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 D 60-69; F 59 and below

GRADE WEIGHTS:

Discussion Posts: 25%

Term Paper: 25%

Mid-Term Exam: 25%

Final Exam: 25%

RUBRIC:

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

Length of Assignment

Assignment meets the minimum required length.

Assignment falls somewhat short of the minimum required length.

Assignment falls significantly short of the minimum required length.

Assignment is less than half the required length.

Mechanics

No grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors.

Almost no grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors

A few grammatical spelling, or punctuation errors.

Many grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.

Quality of Information

Information clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.

Information clearly relates to the main topic. It provides some supporting details and/or examples.

Information clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given.

Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic.

Accuracy

Writing provides a clear

demonstration of the student's accurate understanding of the texts assigned.

Writing provides a somewhat clear demonstration of the student's accurate understanding of the texts assigned.

Writing shows that

the student has a

somewhat inaccurate understanding of the text.

Writing shows that the student has a deficient understanding of the text.

 

6. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at rmish@holyapostles.edu or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.

7. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends. Plagiarism includes: 1. Directly quoting without acknowledging the source. 2. Changing a few words of a text without indicating this was done and/or not acknowledging the source. 3. Not acknowledging that the structure of ideas or logic is from another author. 4. Not acknowledging a unique image (including analogies, similes, metaphors etc.) is from a particular document or author.

Students, where applicable:

·     Should identify the title, author, page number/webpage address, and publication date of works when directly quoting small portions of texts, articles, interviews, or websites.

·     Students should not copy more than two paragraphs from any source as a major component of papers or projects.

·     Should appropriately identify the source of information when paraphrasing (restating) ideas from texts, interviews, articles, or websites.

·     Should follow the Holy Apostles College & Seminary Stylesheet (available on the Online Writing Lab’s website at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl/resources).

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students caught plagiarizing will receive a zero for the assignment, and may be withdrawn from the class and/or expelled from Holy Apostles.

8. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technologymediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade. 

9. INCOMPLETE POLICY

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the

Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval.

“Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete and must receive the grade that they have earned. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

10. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

Christopher Apodaca graduated from Holy Apostles College and seminary in January 2014, having earned an MA in Philosophy. Since then, he has continued to take graduate courses and teach undergraduate classes in philosophy. He currently works as a full-time professor at Holy Apostles College in Connecticut.  

Additionally, Christopher has worked in secondary education for the past thirteen years as a mathematics teacher, counselor, and school administrator. He is currently teaching philosophy for Holy Apostles College and mathematics at Rio Rancho High School.  

Christopher looks forward to discussing the science of Philosophical

Anthropology with you and encourages you contact him to discuss you          progress in class throughout the semester. He can be reached at capodaca@holyapostles.edu, or in the evening and on weekends at (505) 948-1071. When calling, keep in mind that he is located in the Mountain Time Zone.