The Idea of a University: Ep 11

Ep. 11: Relativism, pt 1.  (25 min) MP3 What is relativism?  Using Peter Kreeft’s book, “A Refutation of Moral Relativism,” we examine the 4 types of relativism: metaphysical relativism, epidemiological relativism, moral relativism and religious relativism.  Plus we throw in our own understanding of historical relativism for good measure!  How does the university structure and experience influence relativism?  This is a two part episode on relativism.

The Career Balance: personal passion and society’s needs

” In a culture that tells people to transform their passions into lucrative careers via will-driven alchemy, it’s no wonder so much of today’s workforce suffers from endless job swapping and professional discontent.” There has to be a balancing act for young career seekers: find your own talents and passions, and find what society needs plus how the systems operate for a livelihood. A whole academic disciple could be devoted to the latter.

The Idea of a University: Episode 9

Ep. 9: Goodness part 2.  MP3 (25 min)  What is “the good” and how can we talk about it in philosophy and theology?  We get into the topic of values and talk about virtue as a habit of the will that is ordered towards the good.  Virtue is then explored from philosophy and theology.  This is part 2 of a 2-part podcast on goodness.

Maggie Connell

April 1, 2014

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The Idea of a University: Episode 8

Ep. 8: Goodness part 1.  MP3 (25 min)  What is “the good” and how can we talk about it?  Bobby Kinkela starts off this episode with the question: why are human infants created so helpless relative to other animals?  We then move into a more general discussion about what goodness is from a philosophical perspective.  This is part 1 of a 2-part podcast on goodness.

Dante’s Divine Comedy – Updated Schedule! Thursdays 5:00-6:30 pm

(see reading schedule below)
Thursdays 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Join the discussions and reflections 
*in person at  
Ambrose House of Studies
736 East Cork , Kalamazoo /(269) 343-2010
Reading Schedule for The Divine Comedy
  • ·      March 13, Inferno through Canto 16, the descent into hell
  • ·      March 20 Inferno through Canto 34, the vision of Satan
  • ·      March 27 Purgatorio through Canto 16
  • ·      April 3 Purgatorio through Canto 33
  • ·    April 10 No Class – Spring Break
  • · April 17 No Class – Holy Thursday
  • ·  April 24 Paradiso through Canto 16, meeting with Beatrice
  • ·     May 1 Paradiso through Canto 33
  • ·      May 8  Beatific Vision

The Idea of a University: Episode 7

Ep. 7: Beauty part 2.  MP3 (25 min)  This examination of beauty takes some theological insights into account and ask how can we teach beauty?  We look to apply and understand St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching about the criteria/standards of beauty: actuality, proportion, radiance and integrity.  We also talk about the beauty of the Blessed Trinity.  This is part 2 of a 2-part podcast on beauty.

The Idea of a University: Episode 6

Jan. 18, 2014 (MP3) Ep. 6: Beauty part 1.  (25 min)  This time we examine beauty from a mostly philosophical perspective.  Why is beauty important?  Is beauty purely subjective?  What does St. Thomas Aquinas teach about the criteria/standards of beauty?  We examine the standards of actuality, proportion, radiance and integrity.  Touching briefly on what can we teach about beauty which will be taken up in episode 7, this is a two-part podcast on beauty.