Philosophy literally means the “love of wisdom.” So, philosophy is about your attitude towards knowledge more than about studying a body of knowledge. In this way, philosophy differs from all other disciplines. For when you study them, you set out to learn some subject; for example, biology – the study of life – or theology – the study of God. When you philosophize, you set out to possess a beloved, wisdom. In this course, you will consider lovers of wisdom across the ages. Amongst others, you will meet Socrates, Boethius, Augustine, Simone Weil, and Newman. You will think about your own pursuit of knowledge at USF. How does your quest relate to the age-less love of Wisdom? Are you a Wisdom-lover?
Tom Cavanaugh began professing philosophy at the University of San Francisco in 1994. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, having received his A. B. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, a Great Books College in Santa Paula, California. His published works include Double-Effect Reasoning from the Clarendon Press of Oxford University, 2006. He enjoys body-surfing in the Pacific Ocean with his wife and son and running with his labradoodle, Teddy.