The professors of the International Society of Scholastics are pleased to present Saturday morning online Crash Courses in traditional Catholic philosophy—part of our Sapientis Online Education program. These are 3-hour seminars on some of the most important scientific, ethical, and political questions of the day—all examined from the common sense perspective of Thomas Aquinas and the Thomistic tradition—including a philosophic defense of the Traditional Latin Mass.
We’re hoping to give you the chance to inherit the intellectual patrimony of the Church; and the foundation needed to defend her ethical, political, scientific principles by reason alone. Take a look at the topics:
January 16th, 2010 - What is the State and Why Should I Care? On the origin and nature of civil society
January 23rd, 2010 - Democracy or Tyranny? The legitimate and illegitimate forms of government
January 30th, 2010 - How Far Can the Government Go? On the limits of civil authority
February 6th, 2010 - Conservatives are Liberals? Classical liberalism and the corruption of the modern state
February 13th, 2010 - Is Capitalism evil?
February 20th, 2010 - What is Socialism?
February 27th, 2010 - What is the Natural Law and How Do I Defend It?
March 6th, 2010 - What is Education? A guide for homeschool parents
March 13th, 2010 - What is a Just War? And What Can’t You Do in One?
March 20th, 2010 - The Natural Superiority of Traditional Worship
March 27th, 2010 - Thumbscrews and Guillotines: on the morality of torture and the death penalty
April 17th, 2010 - Is Brain Death Really Death?
April 24th, 2010 - Is There Such a Thing as a ‘Right to Privacy’?
May 8th, 2010 - What is Culture and How Does I Gets Me Some?
May 15th, 2010 – Why Homosexual Marriage is a Contradiction in Terms
May 22nd, 2010 - The Moral and Immoral Roles of Insurance Companies
June 5th, 2010 - Is Rebellion Ever Justified?
June 12th, 2010 - Homeschooling: The rights of parents in regard to education
June 19th, 2010 - The Devil Made Me Do it: on cooperation in evil
June 26th, 2010 - Fundamental Issues in Bioethics
Fuller descriptions can be found on our website www.societyofscholastics.org/sapientis Just click on ‘Crash Course.’ New topics with special guest lecturers will be added periodically throughout the spring semester.
All Crash Courses are hosted live, online using our state-of-the-art video conferencing software, giving you the chance to interact with the professor and other students by voice chat and/or instant text messaging. Sapientis supports PCs, Macs, and smartphones like Blackberries and iPhones—so you can logon from almost anywhere, while waiting at the airport or sipping cappuccino at the local coffee shop.
Online seating is limited, so sign up early!
Why Thomistic philosophy? Here’s an argument from authority:
The International Society of Scholastics is an intellectual association founded in 2005 by students of the Roman Pontifical Universities. The ISS is committed to restoring the philosophic doctrines, didactic principles and scientific synthesis of the greatest masters of the classical universities, the Scholastics. We now have several hundred members representing 19 countries.
We hold Thomas Aquinas to be the paradigm of Scholastic scholars, and we apply ourselves to renewing the great tradition of Thomistic science forged by his Commentators throughout the centuries.
It is our purpose to reestablish the Scholastic synthesis in all speculative and practical fields as offering the normative model for rational inquiry and practical activity resulting in personal perfection, economic stability, and political faultlessness.
Sapientis is our online course of studies in science and ethics based entirely on the common sense principles of Scholastic Thomism. Its goal is to lead students to a complete understanding of the natural and artificial orders in the universe and of their moral duties resulting from this order. We aim to make Scholastic Thomism available in its classical, unadulterated form; educational materials which follow not only the content of Thomism, but its structure as well.