2013 PHOENIX INSTITUTE NOTRE DAME
SUMMER SEMINAR FOR THE STUDY OF WESTERN INSTITUTIONS
JUNE 29- JULY 27
The Opening Seminar is designed to provide a proper introduction to the summer course as a whole. Students will meet their professors, classmates and coordinators; review the calendar of curricular and extra-curricular activities; and learn all they need to know about life at Notre Dame. The Seminar will take place in the morning of Sunday, June 30th. Participation is compulsory for all students.
Dr. John X. Evans
Founding Director of Studies of the
Professor (em.) of English Literature
Arizona State University
Starting with the heroic quest paradigm that originated with Gilgamesh and Greek mythology, we will explore the attributes and evolution of heroism from ancient to modern times. Because the warrior-heroes of history have often ignored the common good with disastrous consequences, we will look at the various faces of heroism and ask if mankind would profit by loosening the grip that warrior-heroes have on the human imagination. Collaterally, we will explore what can be appropriated from competing models of the hero for personal strength of character, happiness, and humanity’s hopes for peace on earth. Texts to be considered include those of Homer, Virgil, the Bible, John Milton, Shakespeare, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Viktor Frankl.
Dr. John X. Evans is the Founding Director of Studies of the Phoenix Institute and Professor Emeritus of English, Arizona State University. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University. His works include: The Works of Sir Roger Williams, as well as articles in The Huntington Library Quarterly, Shakespeare Quarterly, English Studies, Recusant History, Religion and the Arts, and other academic journals.
Liberalism, Democracy, and Modernity: Tocqueville’s American Journey
Dr. Bradley Lewis
Associate Professor, School of Philosophy
Catholic University of America
Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America has been described as the greatest book ever written on democracy and the greatest book ever written on America. In it, Tocqueville perceives nearly all of the important issues related to modern liberal democracies and contextualizes them in the interpretation of the American experience, while also keeping in mind the consequences of the French Revolution, and all in light of the high value he placed on human freedom. The book was written to convince Europeans that democracy was inevitable and to prepare them for it, so that the transition might be peaceful, moderate and just. Among the issues treated are the rule of law, the relationship between church and state, the activities of civil association and local government, and the importance of culture and institutions in political life.
Dr. Bradley Lewis is Associate Professor at the School of Philosophy of The Catholic University of America and Associate Editor of The American Journal of Jurisprudence. He holds a Ph.D. in Government and International Studies, University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Government and International Studies, University of Notre Dame.
Happiness and the Cardinal Virtues
Dr. John O’Callaghan
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Director of the Jacques Maritain Center
University of Notre Dame
Is there a true path towards happiness? Which of the following notions can provide solid basis for the guidance of our existence: duty, utility, virtue? Is it true we are now facing a strong revival of the virtue theory? This course will try to answer these questions. But answering them raises a number of other questions. What is a virtue? What does it mean that Justice, Temperance, Courage, and Prudence is a “Cardinal virtue?” What are these virtues in particular, that is, what is Justice or Courage, and so on? Are these the only virtues there are? If there are other virtues, how are they related to these “cardinal” virtues? Can you be a virtuous person if you lack one of them? Are they the highest virtues? Or are there virtues even higher than they are. In particular, which virtue is higher Justice or Mercy, and why? The basis of the course will be the treatment of these virtues given by Josef Pieper supplemented by selections from other figures as well.
Dr. John O’Callaghan is Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Director of the Jacques Maritain Center at the University of Notre Dame. His areas of interest include Medieval Philosophy, Thomas Aquinas, and Thomistic Metaphysics. He is the author of Thomistic Realism and The Linguistic Turn: Toward a More Perfect Form of Existence, among others. Articles recently published include “Concepts, Mirrors, and John of St. Thomas: Reply to Deely” in American Catholic Philosophical Association; “St. Thomas Aquinas”, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy; “Actively Forgetting the Image of God: Nietzsche and Great Texts” in Finding a Common Thread: Reading Great Texts from Homer to O’Connor. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and is a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.
The optional three-day Phoenix Negotiation Workshop is designed to help participants improve their skills in negotiation, decision making, and problem solving. It is based on the Harvard Negotiation Project, and the best-selling book Getting to Yes. Negotiating Agreement without Giving (Roger Fisher, Bruce M. Patton, and William L. Ury).
The goals of the course are:
- To increase awareness about negotiation and negotiation behavior;
- To enhance negotiating skills; and
- To improve a variety of analytical tools and concepts for successful negotiation.
To achieve these goals, the Workshop uses a wide range of tools: careful analysis of the negotiation process, frequent excursuses with extensive review, and small group review.
Cost of the optional Negotiation Workshop: $290
University of Notre Dame
The North American Summer program will be held at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana in the United Sates. The University is about two hours by car from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and about 90 minutes from Chicago’s Midway International Airport.
Cost and other details
$2,750 (Tuition, double/triple-occupancy accommodation, 5-Meals per week Meal Plan, fees for computer labs, libraries, and recreational facilities included).
Non-U.S. Students who are selected to the program will receive the Form I-20 from Notre Dame University. This form is necessary in order to obtain a student visa for entry into the United States.
Because of the high cost of medical treatment in the United States, all students must purchase a medical insurance policy prior to arrival at the University of Notre Dame.
All students must choose two out of the three courses offered. Please notice that the course “Heroism Reconsidered” is mandatory for all first year students.
Registration begins February 15th, 2013
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