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Philosophy Electives

Elective Courses in Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

School of Humanities

Ateneo de Manila University

First Semester 2008-09


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Ph 100


TTh 9:00 – 10:30 a.m (English) SECC201

Prerequisites: For Philosophy majors, scholastics and Pre-Div Track students only

Dr. Leovino Ma. Garcia

Course Description: An initiation to the life of philosophical reflection.


Ph 112/214


Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m. (English) CTC 106

Prerequisites: For undergraduate and M.A. students

Dr. Manuel B. Dy, Jr.

Course Description: This is a survey of Ancient Chinese thought including a meditative study of the classical texts in translation: The Four Books (The Great Learning; The Doctrine of the Mean; The Analects of Confucius; The Works of Mencius), as well as the Tao Te Ching and the writings of Chuang Tzu.


Ph 115


TTh 9:00-10:30 a.m. (English) SECA112

TTh 12:00-1:30 p.m. (Filipino) Bel 209

Prerequisites: For undergraduates

Fr. Luis David, SJ (English)

Dr. Jesus Principe (Filipino)

Course Description: The course studies Greek and Roman philosophy with an emphasis on Socrates, Plato and Aristotle


Ph 117


MWF 3:30-4:30 p.m. (English) F114

Prerequisites: For undergraduates

Dr. Ramon Reyes

Course Description: The course spans the 16th to 19th century and tackles the following topics: Descartes’ Meditations, Hume, Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, and Post-Kantian Philosophy.


Ph 131


TTh 7:30-9:00 a.m. (English) F 114

Prerequisites: For Philosophy seniors, Scholastics and Pre-Div Track students only

Dr. Antonette P. Angeles

Course Description: This is a philosophical theory of knowledge. The student is expected to reflect on what knowing is, on the benefit that knowing brings to the knower, on the role of the community and of the knowable in this activity. Toward what should we direct our inquiry? How does the object of our quest affect the method we use?


Ph 133/252


MWF 10:30-11:30 a.m. (English) BAVR

Prerequisites: For Philosophy seniors, Scholastics and Pre-Div Track students only

Fr. Thomas Green, SJ

Course Description: A study of the mode of knowing which is modern science, and of the way scientific knowledge relates to man’s other ways of knowing and experiencing. A genetic approach is employed: i.e., the roots and the meaning of modern science are sought in the historical development of the ideal science. The focus is primarily on the natural sciences, with an attempt to show how the social sciences have evolved by using the natural sciences as a model or paradigm. The current question of the role of creativity or genius in scientific discovery and revolution concludes the course.



Ph 135


MWF 1:30-2:30 p.m. (English) Bel 308

Prerequisites: For undergraduates

Mr. Wilhelm Strebel

Course Description: This course includes Denotation and connotation of terms, the categorical proposition, immediate inference by deduction and opposition; mediate inference, the categorical and hypothetical syllogisms, fallacies; predicables; induction, argument by analogy; science and hypothesis.


Ph 153/223


Mondays, 6:00-9:00 p.m. (English) F 114

Prerequisites: Ph 101 & 102

Dr. Leovino Ma. Garcia

Course Description: Philosophy, in order to be authentic, must aspire to be a wisdom that speaks to give meaning to the life of a whole people. Taking as inspiration the insights of Paul Ricoeur, this course aims to help in the urgent task of national reconstruction by reflecting on the meaning of responsibility and hope, justice and peace, service for and solidarity with the people.


Ph 157/242


Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m. F 117

Prerequisites: For undergraduate and M.A. students

Dr. Rainier Ibana

The rhythms of education, the Socratic method, the order of learning, the place of
philosophy in Jesuit education, education, democracy and modernity, and “schools of the
people” as a philosophy of education for the Philippines in the 21st Century.    Students
will assist and participate in the organization of “Karunungan Festival” to be convened
by the Professor on August 29-30, 2008.


Ph 157.4/Ph 227.4


Thursdays and Fridays, 6:00-9:00 p.m. (from 24 July to 28 August only) K 203

Prerequisites: For undergraduate and M.A. students

Fr. Georges de Schrijver, SJ

Course Description: The first part of the course deals with the Copernican turn, and its confirmation by Kepler and Galileo. It dwells at length on Newton’s laws of motion and his general law of gravitation, and the new vision of God creator ensuing from it. It also studies the dispute between Descartes and Newton concerning the relation between matter and space. This is a theological dispute in which Newton wins the victory thanks to his superiority in mathematics.

            The second part treats the question of Spinoza’s pantheism. While Newton elaborated a rapprochement between God and empty space in the universe, Spinoza established a rapprochement between God and nature. To free Spinoza from crass materialism, it will be shown that he links God with the formative principles of the world, and not with their results or products. Special attention will be given to Spinoza’s cosmic religiosity, as well as to its antecedents in Medieval thought and the Renaissance.

            The third part of the course examines the criticisms voiced against Newton’s ‘mechanistic’ world view in which there is no place for surprise, evolution or emergence of novelty (his mathematical schemes do not allow for an irreversibility of time sequences). Special attention will be given to Einstein’s theory of relativity and to the mysterious world of quantum physics. Upon these foundations a sketch will be given of the ‘Big Bang theory” and the controversies which still surround it (theories of multiple universes, string theories). The course ends with a rereading of Spinoza’s cosmic religiosity from the standpoint of the history or genesis of the universe.

            Course notes will be available.


Ph 157.8/227.9


Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m. CTC 302

Prerequisites: For undergraduate and M.A. students

Dr. Leovino Ma. Garcia and Dr. Fernando Zialcita

Cultural heritage consists of both tangible and intangible heritage. While there is need to pay attention to both forms of heritage, the focus of this course is on the the latter  form of heritage, particularly oral literature. Ateneo de Manila is a unique venue in this regard, for it houses the largest collection of Filipino epics in the entire country. These have been collected over the space of several years under the guidance of Dr. Nicole Revel, an anthropologist from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of Paris.


There is a need as well to highlight the role of social memory as the memory as the mother and guardian of botha tangible and intangible heritage. Ultimately it is shared memory that keeps a people together while inspiring them to work for the future.


Ph 176/283


MWF 1:30-2:30 p.m. SOM 203

Prerequisites: For undergraduate and M.A. students

Mr. Anton Luis Sevilla

Pondering the meaning of your finite existence, have you ever wondered, “What if thinking

simply isn’t enough?”


Zen Buddhism, Pure Land Buddhism, Confucianism, The Kyoto School of Philosophy.


Ph 177/284


Fridays, 6:00-9:00 p.m. F117

Prerequisites: For undergraduate and M.A. students

Dr. Lukas Kaelin

The main question this elective wants to answer is the following: How does the institution of the family in the influence political life? This question will be dealt with the conceptual framework provided by the German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel. In the following four parts, this issue will be tackled:

I. An overview over the (marginal) place of the family in modern social contract theories

II. The role of the family in the foundation of the state in G.W.F. Hegel

III. The Filipino family: Distinctive features of the family in relation to society and state

IV. A Hegelian analysis of the Filipino family in societal context


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