Third Semester as a Doctoral Student
September 3, 2010 Leave a comment
Another semester is underway – and I’m already swamped! This semester I’m taking two doctoral seminars and a directed reading, TA’ing a course, working for the journal Practical Matters, teaching a course in philosophical ethics at Emory’s Oxford College campus and directing a servant leadership program for undergraduate students. So, don’t expect too much from me on this blog this semester. However, I will leave you with the descriptions and reading lists of my courses this 2nd to last semester of classes in my academic life.
Questions of War with Ellen Ott Marshall
Traditionally, ethicists refer to the debate over the moral justification of war as “the question of war.” Increasingly, however, ethicists find themselves addressing multiple questions of war, including but not limited to this classical formulation. During the fall 2010, we will focus on the question of Christian pacifism and responsibility, drawing on three classic figures (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Reinhold Niebuhr, John Howard Yoder) and three contemporary figures (Stanley Hauerwas, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Michael Walzer).
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics
Reinhold Niebuhr, The Irony of American History
Reinhold Niebuhr, Love and Justice
John Howard Yoder, The Politics of Jesus
John Howard Yoder, The War of the Lamb
Stanley Hauerwas, The Hauerwas Reader
Stanley Hauerwas, Performing the Faith
Jean Bethke Elshtain, Just War Against Terror
Michael Walzer, Arguing About War
Brunner and Mills, The New Killing Fields
Morality and Society with Steven Tipton
This course focuses on the sociology of morality as a field through readings and viewpoints that marshal thematically related works in sociology and social theory, moral and political philosophy, religious ethics, anthropology and related social sciences to address three interlocking questions: (1) How are the institutional structures of society related to its moral ideals and experience? How do they constitute one another culturally and practically? (2) What are the moral implications of social modernization, particularly for conceiving persons individually and evaluating their globally interdependent relations? (3) What categories permit analysis of contemporary American moral ideals in ways attentive both to their cultural coherence and to their social enactment, location and plausibility? Beginning with an examination of Plato as a moral architect of startling sociological subtlety, the course moves via the counterpoint of the classical polis, Jewish people of God and Christian ekklesia as moral ecologies to the political economy and moral psychology at the root of early modern society in Adam Smith and the culture of commerce. Then it considers key sociological theories across several generations (Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Bellah, Douglas, Foucault, John Meyer) and related social psychologies (Rousseau, Erikson, Kohlberg, Gilligan) before turning to studies of contemporary moral life and its problems. These include the institutional ordering, cultural codes and practical meaning of race and gender inequality, political participation and apathy, individualism and commitment, Islam and democracy, economic insecurity, romantic love, and public faith.
1. Plato, The Laws
2. Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments.
3. Robert Tucker, The Marx-Engels Reader.
4. Durkheim, The Division of Labor in Society.
5. Hans Gerth & C. W. Mills, eds., From Max Weber.
6. Charles Taylor, Modern Social Imaginaries.
7. W. Walter W. Powell, Paul DiMaggio, eds., The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis.
8. Wayne Meeks, The Origins of Christian Morality,
9. Robert Bellah et al, Habits of the Heart.
l0. Robert Bellah et al, The Good Society.
11. Michael Walzer, Thick and Thin.
12. Mary Pattillo McCoy, Black Picket Fences.
13. Abdullahi An-Na’im, Islam and the Secular State.
14. Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics.
15. Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures.
16. Robert Bellah, Beyond Belief.
Directed Reading on “Theology, Philosophy and Ethics of Forgiveness and Reconciliation” with Elizabeth Bounds
This course will examine theological and ethical accounts of forgiveness and reconciliation; the philosophical, biblical and theological ground of (and critiques of) restorative justice as opposed to retributive justice; philosophical accounts of political reconciliation in post-conflict societies; and historical accounts of several Truth and Reconciliation Commissions.
Christopher Marshall, Beyond Retribution: A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime and Punishment
Miroslav Volf, Exclusion and Embrace
L. Gregory Jones, Embodying Forgiveness
Katongole and Rice, Reconciling all Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing
John de Gruchy, RECONCILIATION: Restoring Justice
“Reconciliation: Feminist Shadings” in International Review of Mission by Monica J. Melanchthon (2005).
“Peacemaking and Reconciliation: The contribution of African indigenous religious women in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa” in Journal of Theology for Southern Africa by Isabel Apawo Phiri (2005).
“Justice and Reconciliation in Post-Apartheid South Africa: A South African Woman’s Perspective” in International Review of Mission by Pulang LenkaBula (2005).
“The Ritual of the Red Carnations: Memory, Space, and Ritual in post-Pinochet Chile,” in Studia Theologica by Lene Sjorup (2008).
‘We Have Spoken So Long O God: When Will We Be Heard?’: Theological Reflections on Overcoming Violence against Women” in Theology and Sexuality by Aruna Gnanadson
Robert Rotberg, Truth v. Justice
Priscilla Hayner, Unspeakable Truths: Transitional Justice and the Challenge of Truth Commissions
Martha Minow, Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence
Barb Toews and Howard Zehr, Critical Issues in Restorative Justice
Dennis Sullivan and Larry Tift, Handbook of Restorative Justice: A Global Perspective
Johnstone and Van Ness, Handbook of Restorative Justice.
Fiona Ross, Bearing Witness: Women and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa
Liberian TRC report
Greensboro TRC report
And it begins again!