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Arete High School Summer Seminar in Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion
July 9, 2019 - July 14, 2019
The “Arete Summer Seminar in Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion at Duke University” will aim to prepare high school students with a “tool kit” for approaching these subjects in college, offering them a roadmap of sorts. Plato and Aristotle will be primary interlocutors along with a number of other great minds. The seminar will examine the meaning of virtue, the substance of human nature, the question of human flourishing, the metaphysics of reality, and the nature of “truth.” Students will also discuss the ideas of natural law, the relationship between philosophy and theology, and the relationship between science and religion. These topics will be taken up in the context of assigned literature, works of theology, and some readings from modern analytic philosophers. Students will receive a reading packet by mail prior to the seminar and will be expected to have read the material beforehand.
John Rose, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Thomas Pfau, Professor of English at Duke
Jed Atkins, Professor of Classics at Duke
Warren Smith, Professor of Theology at Duke