The Art of Inquiry: Asking the Great Questions
Philosophy — traditionally at the center of the liberal arts – asks some of the most difficult and searching questions about human existence, the nature of the universe, right and wrong in human conduct, and the basis of our social and political arrangements.
In so doing, it gives the mind the greatest possible leeway to doubt, probe, and criticize. Philosophy by nature tends not to generate textbook answers. It can aid in putting questions on the nature of oneself, life, and reality into coherent and nuanced perspectives.
Course of Study
The Partners in Philosophy Prison Program will continue this Summer 2013 in Jessup Correctional Institute, a maximum security prison near Baltimore. The program was begun in 2011 by James Schelberg ‘12 and Jared Rankin (formerly of WC now of Bard) on their own initiative and using no funds outside of their own money.
This summer’s program is being administered by Rankin. For most faculty, presenting is usually the commitment of a single day. Interested faculty may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program features an inter-disciplinary Humanities course taught to inmates by a variety of mostly Washington College instructors. In 2012 weekly presentations and discussions were run by WC professors from Art, Philosophy, History, English, and Classical thought. Schelberg and Rankin’s program was prominently featured in an article in the Washington Post.
Financial advisor and philanthropist Joseph M. Brodecki will share his deep involvement with the museum when he comes to campus April 23 to talk about philanthropy.
Catholic University theologian Nicholas Lombardo explores what bores us and what it means in April 15 talk.
Senior Schelberg is One of 20 in the Nation to be Named to USA Today’s All-USA College Academic Team. He has recently accepted a full scholarship to attend the Ph.D. program in Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University
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