Research Projects |
Great Texts Program |
Office Hours |
Recent Professional Activities and Affiliations | Favorite Web Sites | Personal Information
1. Research projects:
- At the moment, I am working on several projects. I have just completed a draft of a book, the working title of which is The End of Convenient Stereotypes: Extraordinary Politics at the End of Modernity . This volume addresses the effect which the decline and fall of Enlightenment Liberalism has on our traditional sensibilities about religion, politics, and political philosophy. This volume is under contract with InterVarsity Press. It grows out of an earlier essay, "The End of Convenient Stereotypes". Writing in First Things, Richard John Neuhaus responded to my "over-excited" essay with "The Extraordinary Politics of Alien Citizens". I'm rather inclined to believe that Neuhaus proves my point with his piece, but perhaps I'll have opportunity to respond to him directly in the not too distant future.
- Much of my current work focuses on what a Great Books curriculum should look like in the context of a Christian university. I have written several essays on this subject, including "Culture for Anarchy: Against Sweetness and Light," "Humanities within an Ecclesially-based University: Reading Great Texts under a Hermeneutic of Hospitality," and "Egyptian Gold Among the Baptists: Reading Great Texts at Baylor University" in September at the Culture of Life Conference at Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana.
- Two recent publications available on the web are "Era and Epoch, Epoch and Era: Christian Intellectuals in the Postmodern Turn" (Christian Scholar's Review XXVI:2, Winter 1996) and "Christian History, Providence, and Michel Foucault" (Fides et Historia, XXIX:1, Winter 1997)
- During the Summer of 1999, with my colleague Dwight Allman, I co-directed Summer Scholars' Institute here at Baylor. The theme for the institute was Cultivating Citizens: Civic Life and Contemporary Liberal Democracy. The Scholars' Institute link will take you to the Institute's web page. You may also select the Bibliography on Citizenship.
My principal teaching areas are the philosophy of religion and contemporary continental philosophy. I maintain a Philosophy of Religion Resources Page, The Notebook for Contemporary Continental Philosophy, and The Great Texts Notebook for my students (and others) who are interested in these areas. I have also recently begun to compile an index on Christian Faith and Postmodernity.
In the Fall 2004 term, I am teaching PHI 1321-Introduction to Philosophy. Syllabus for this course is available here. If you are enrolled in the course, you will be able to access additional course information through Blackboard at http://my.baylor.edu.
You may view the syllabi of Other Courses which I teach or have taught in the past.
You may also select the list of Interesting Essays. During the term, students enrolled in one of my courses often like to pursue some extra credit. This list is one such resource. Of course, you might just be interested in engaging current issues and ideas, and that's best of all!
In the Summer of 1998, I participated in Baylor's Summer Teaching Institute. I have drawn together some of my web resources to create a brief page entitled Using the Internet to Teach Philosophy. Comments and suggestions are welcome.
Not long ago the student newspaper, The Lariat, took this shot of one of my classes enjoying Aristotle and a day in the sun.
3. Great Texts ProgramThe Great Texts Program is a new academic initiative and a part of the Honors College at Baylor University. All students in the Honors Program and the University Scholars Program take a two course sequence in Great Texts. Students may also pursue a major concentration of study in Great Texts toward the Bachelor of Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students pursuing a major in Great Texts will find a sustained curriculum in the greatest works of human intellectual and creative achievement which will be a profound asset in any profession or graduate study. Students pursuing a B.A. in the College will see the Great Texts major as foundational study for graduate work in any traditional humanities discipline. Students in the applied arts may want to pursue a second major or a minor in Great Texts in order to strengthen their liberal arts background and broaden their educational horizons. B. A. students in the sciences will see the Great Texts major as a chance to read broadly in the history of human thought, including the history of science. All the courses will be taught in a seminar format for better reading and discussing these great works.
If you would like more information about the Great Texts Program, please see our web site, contact me, or call the Great Texts Office at (254) 710-7251.
4. Office HoursMy office is 308 in the Tidwell Building. During the Fall 2004 term, my office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-4:00. I am, however, in the office most of the time. If you would like to chat, please feel free to call or send me an email to set up a time for us to talk. I look forward to getting to know you.
5. Recent Professional Activities and Affiliations
I am pleased to have signed the statement Re-Envisioning Baptist Identity: A Manifesto for Baptist Communities in North America.
Member, American Philosophical Association, Society of Christian Philosophers, Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers, American Catholic Philosophical Association, Iris Murdoch Society, Søren Kierkegaard Society, Christian Theological Research Fellowship
Fellow, The Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning.
Member, Rhodes Regional Consultations on the Future of the Church-Related College
Past Fellow, Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame
6. Favorite WEB Sites:
Click HERE for a listing of some of my favorite World Wide Web Sites. Some of my recent favorites include:
- Books and Culture: A Christian Review
- New York Review of Books
- First Things
- Lingua Franca
- Center for Religious Humanism
- Casa Juan Diego - a Catholic Worker House of Hospitality, Houston
- The Communitarian Network
- The Nonviolence Web
- C-SPAN Networks On-Line
- The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor (from Minnesota Public Radio)
- Arts and Letters Daily
- 2002 Pulitzer Prize Winners
- Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Dave's Gourmet, Inc. -- Home of the "Total Insanity" Hot Sauce
7. Personal Information:
I have a wonderful wife and five marvelous children (ages 15, 13, 10, 7, 4). We are members of DaySpring Baptist Church. Among other things, I enjoy being with my family, traveling, reading, rummaging around in used book stores, and creating (and enjoying!) my own hot sauces and salsas. All of these are especially nice when enjoyed with friends and family. To see some pictures of some of us, please click here. Recently, I did an interview with the Baylor Alumni Association (to talk about the very serious philosophical subjects of Harry Potter, Flip Wilson, and my favorite hot sauces) which can be found here. On a more spiritual note, we still proudly root for the Texas Rangers--hope springs eternal.
Dr. Scott H. Moore
Director, Great Texts Program
Associate Professor of Philosophy
One Bear Place, #97144
Waco, TX 76798-7144
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