New Course for Fall 2019:
Karl Oles has studied philosophy at Pomona College, the University of London, and UCLA, as well as law at the University of Washington. He brings to his courses a wide background in the practical application of ethics gained during nearly a quarter of a century of legal practice, and in previous courses has helped students to apply fundamental processes of logic and reasoning to current politcal arguments ethical questions.
His new course is designed for older students and adults who have already completed some study of ethics or philosophy. The course uses Alasdair MacIntyre's book, After Virtue, which traces historical concepts of virtue and touches on related areas of philosophy, including theories of meaning. The first part of the course will examine historical materials as background for the second part, which will focus on a careful reading of MacIntyre's book and the issues it raises.
The course is structured like an Oxford tutorial, and will demand that students apply critical thinking skills to assigned reading and close analysis in writing weekly essays.