Thursday, June 25 | 10:30-11:15am
This workshop identifies the ways in which a moral philosophy course, centered on the disputed question genre, can serve as a capstone experience in classical Christian schools, and prepare students for independent thesis projects. After a brief introduction, workshop participants will collectively construct a disputed question to take a stand on a sample moral issue. Then, in group discussion, we will reflect on the ways the exercise draws on and applies the key components of a classical Christian education–not just grammar, logic, and rhetoric, but scientific and historical learning, as well as virtue education and Biblical literacy.
We will discuss a wide variety of curricular applications for the disputed question genre, but will conclude with remarks about the prospects and importance of revitalizing the traditional capstone course in moral philosophy.
Todd Buras is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Baylor. He is a founding member of Texas chapter of the Alcuin Fellowship. He developed and taught a moral philosophy curriculum for Live Oak Classical School in Waco, TX, where his three sons are being educated.