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LISA ESPOSITO, PH.D.
Department of Philosophy and Religion
900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield, M0 65802
Art Website: www.lisaesposito.com
PH.D. 1997 University of Toronto, Canada (Medieval Philosophy) M.S.L. 1991 Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto (Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies) M.A. 1986 University of Toronto (Medieval Philosophy) M.A. 1983 University of York, England (Medieval Studies) B.A. 1980 Wheaton College, Norton, MA, USA (Medieval Studies)
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AREAS OF COMPETENCEMedieval Philosophy Philosophy of Art Ancient Greek Philosophy Animal Ethics History of Women Philosophers Philosophy of Literature Ethics (Values Analysis) Philosophy of Human Nature Eastern Philosophies and Religions Ethics, Criminology, Criminal Justice
TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIESUndergraduate Courses PHIL/RELG 206: Eastern Religions and Philosophies PHIL/GLST 210: Values Analysis PHIL/GLST 212: Animal Ethics PHIL/HNRS 290: Philosophy of Language PHIL/RELG 309: History of Women Philosophers PHIL/RELG 310: Ancient Greek Philosophy PHIL/RELG 311: Medieval Philosophy PHIL/RELG 315: Buddhism and the Joy of Being Awake PHIL/RELG 377: Philosophy of Science PHIL/RELG/HNRS 390: Tibetan Buddhism PHIL/RELG/HNRS 390: Medieval Philosophy and Gothic Cathedrals PHIL/RELG 493: Senior Seminar Graduate Courses MART 651: Philosophy of Art (Capstone for MA in Studio Arts, Theory and Criticism) CRIM 675: Ethics, Criminology and Criminal Justice (MA in Criminology)
COURSE DESCRIPTIONSEastern Philosophies and Religions An introduction to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. The course focuses on the systems of value that emerge from the Bhagavad Gita, Dhammapada, Analects, and Tao Te Ching and, where appropriate, compares and contrasts them with Western values systems. The conceptual framework for this examination incorporates an overarching world view; a conception of God or ultimate Reality; an understanding of the origin, nature and destiny of the cosmos and of human beings; a diagnosis of the human condition; and a prescription for attaining the ultimate goal or purpose of human life.
Values Analysis An interdisciplinary and multicultural introduction to major world moral philosophies or "values systems" and an opportunity for the practical application of these values systems to contemporary society and culture. The course begins with an introduction to "values" and "values analysis," a look at ethics as a philosophical discipline, an overview of some of the fundamental questions of human nature and human existence underlying ethical theory, and the process of moral reasoning (analysis and argumentation) and the resolution of moral dilemmas. Students then work systematically through ethical relativism, cultural relativism, the relation between morality and religion, the question of human conscience and moral development, ethical egoism, utilitarianism, deontological ethics, rights ethics and virtue ethics. Course readings incorporate a wide range of Eastern and Western value systems (e.g., Buddhist, Confucian, Native American, traditional European, Feminist, environmental and liberation ethics) presented through various disciplines including philosophy, religion, anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology and literature.
Animal Ethics The philosophy component of this interdisciplinary ethics course introduces historical and contemporary views on the moral standing of nonhuman animals (e.g., ancient Greek, Eastern, Western European, Feminist and other contemporary schools of thought). These wide-ranging perspectives (terms, concepts, and arguments) provide the context for contemporary “status quo,” “reformist,” and “abolitionist” positions in the ongoing debate on the moral status or rights of animals. Students also receive training in moral reasoning, that is, the process of logical analysis/argumentation and avoiding informal logical fallacies. Finally, students closely examine a range of contemporary “status-quo,” “reformist,” and “abolitionist” positions on the fundamental question of whether animals have moral rights; the morality of eating and hunting animals and using animals for scientific experimentation; and the relation between animal liberation and environmentalism.
Philosophy of Language This course examines a) historical treatments of language, b) 20th century British and North American analytical (logical) interpretations of language, and c) concurrent Feminist, postmodern and multicultural critiques of these analytic perspectives. Students reflect on how the nature, use and meaning of language inevitably ties into questions of reality and truth, human nature, identity and difference, and of the nature of the human mind and human knowledge. The course then moves to the social, political and moral implications of diverse interpretations and uses of language. Course materials include primary philosophy texts as well as pop culture, the media and other cross-disciplinary texts/media which provide test cases and illustrative exercises for the philosophical analysis of language and meaning.
History of Women Philosophers A study of the history of philosophical thought specifically in light of women's contributions to the discipline.
The course proceeds chronologically from the ancient, medieval and modern periods up through contemporary feminist thought in Western Europe and North America. Through a critical reading of primary and secondary sources, students examine: the methodology and style of women philosophers; their reflections on metaphysics and cosmology; anthropology, sexual identity and difference; society, politics, and women's rights; women's education, feminist ethics, the moral community and women's moral development;
language, science, epistemology, and the nature and method of philosophy itself.
Ancient Greek Philosophy An introduction to prominent figures and doctrinal developments in the history of ancient Greek philosophical thought. The course focuses on primary texts of the Pre-Socratics, Sophists, Plato and Aristotle and examines their reflections on the origin, nature and architecture of the universe; the nature and possibility of human knowledge and scientific theorizing; the human being, human condition; related ethical and political issues.
Medieval Philosophy An introduction to prominent figures and doctrinal developments in the history of medieval philosophical thought (4th-14th century). Through critical reading of primary philosophical texts, students examine medieval Christian, Jewish and Islamic reflections on the existence, nature and know ability of God; the origin and architecture of the universe; the human person, free will, and moral knowledge; the relation between faith and reason, theology and philosophy; and related ethical and political issues.
Buddhism and the Joy of Being Awake An in-depth study of Buddhism through critical reading of primary source texts in translation. The course begins with the origins of Buddhism in the life and teachings of Siddartha Gautama, and then treats the conceptual framework of early Buddhist understandings of an overall world-view, ultimate Reality, the origin, nature and destiny of the cosmos and of human beings, a diagnosis of the human condition, and the ultimate prescription for actualizing the goal of human existence. The course explores the subsequent historical and doctrinal developments of Theravada Buddhism (Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia); Mahayana Buddhism (China, Korea, Japan); Zen Buddhism (Japan); and Vajrayana Buddhism (Tibet). The course concludes with a look at contemporary Buddhism, its presence in the West, and its modern challenges; some contemporary Buddhist political leaders; and the lives and contributions of Buddhist women (past and present).
Tibetan Buddhism An examination of Tibet’s spiritual and cultural heritage in its contemporary context specifically through the religio-philosophical writings of her spiritual and political leader, H.H. the Dalai Lama. By way of primary source texts in translation, the course begins with the origins of Buddhism in the life and teachings of her historical founder (Siddartha Gautama) and then treats fundamental Buddhist teachings on ultimate Reality, the origin, nature, and destiny of the cosmos, and of human beings as well, the human condition, and the ultimate purpose of human existence. The course then moves through Buddhism’s subsequent historical and doctrinal development and its eventual arrival into Tibet. Students explore Tibet’s land and people from historical and cultural/spiritual perspectives. Primary focus is on the critical reflective reading of the Library of Tibet - prepared by H.H. the Dalai Lama in order to preserve and transmit the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism derived from 14th c. sacred texts.
Medieval Philosophy and Gothic Cathedrals A cross-disciplinary and multi-media examination of the analogical development of the arts and scholarly inquiry in the Middle Ages. Specifically, the course correlates the transformation of medieval architecture from the Romanesque to Gothic style in 11th and 12th c. France and the maturation of medieval scholastic philosophy and theology of the same period. To this aim, the course dovetails close treatments of a) medieval aesthetic and scholastic reflections and b) Romanesque and Gothic architectural style and structure so as to discern the nature, extent and precise ways in which these cultural transformations mirror one another.
Senior Seminar – Philosophy and Religion Graduating philosophy and religion majors read classic works of western literature as sources for philosophical and religious analysis and reflection. Specifically, through literature students examine such themes as a) the spiritual and bodily aspects of human nature and human existence, b) the nature of human knowledge, faith, experience and reality, c) morality, free choice and responsibility, d) the relation of the individual, society, and politics, e) and the relation of the human being to an infinite Being or Reality. Through close, thoughtful reading of these classic works of literature, students draw upon and apply as extensively and critically as possible the numerous figures, texts, traditions, schools of thought, themes, issues, questions and methods they have studied in philosophy and/or religion over the past four/five years at Drury. Further, students have extended opportunity for informed personal reflection on the various insights and truths these literary works offer in response to questions of fundamental and perennial significance and their relevance and value for concerns we now face in the 21st century. Reading List: Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince; Thoreau, Walden: or, Life in the Woods; Camus, The Fall; Eliot, Four Quartets; and Potok, Davita’s Harp.
Philosophy of Art (Graduate Omega Seminar) The Omega Seminar leads students in a philosophical study of the nature, production and appreciation of art.
Specifically, the seminar considers the following: the origins of art; the nature, significance and meaning of art;
whether or not art can be defined; the sorts of things that constitute art and by what criteria they do so; the interpretation of art; art’s ability to both convey and evoke emotion; the nature and human experience of pictorial (figurative) representation; the value of art and the nature of art appreciation; art and education; and the relation between artistic and moral values. Readings in the theory and application of philosophy of art are examined in conjunction with students’ own reflections on the nature of art/creativity, the role of intentionality in the creative process, and assessment of artistic outcomes (per Theory and Criticism sessions).
Ethics and Criminology/Criminal Justice (Graduate Course) This course serves as both an introduction to various philosophical perspectives so as to provide a framework for understanding and assessing ethical issues in the fields of criminology and criminal justice, and an opportunity for the practical application of these philosophical perspectives to specific ethical dilemmas characteristic of the criminology and criminal justice fields. The course begins with a) a brief introduction to the philosophical study of ethics, b) an overview of some of the fundamental questions of human nature and human existence underlying ethical theory, c) a practical introduction to the process of moral reasoning (analysis and argumentation) and the resolution of moral dilemmas, and d) a study of utilitarian, deontological, and "peace making" approaches in criminal justice ethics. For its main focus, the course moves systematically through contemporary ethical issues in policing; the courts; corrections; and concludes with some reflections on a justice ethic for the future. Course readings draw from various disciplines dealing with human nature and human behaviour, social justice and social control, including law, economics, psychology, sociology, philosophy and theology.
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