The Catholic University of America

 Courses taught by Joseph Capizzi

TRS 230 Character, Choice, and Community

A general introduction to ethics in the Christian tradition. Will consider ethical decision-making, moral development, and the place of community and Church in the moral life. Examines traditional sources for Christian ethics - Scripture, theological texts, and Church teachings - as well as the current work in the social sciences.

TRS 632A Christian Social Ethics

The course introduces students to the salient themes and important documents in the Catholic church's developing social thought. Primary emphasis is on the encyclical tradition, but every effort will be made to place these in historical and social context by reference to other literature.

TRS 732B Beginning of Life Issues

Examines issues at the beginning of life, including the moral status of the embryo, pre-natal testing, IVF and other reproductive technologies, contraception, abortion, cloning, and stem cell research. These issues will be examined in relation to contemporary attitudes in our society to and theological understandings of the place of children and childbearing.

TRS 737C Law in Moral Theology

Part of the history of western philosophy is the periodic declaration of the death of the natural law, but as one commentator noticed, the natural law always "has risen livelier than ever and buried its undertakers." What some see as a weakness-the multiple forms of the natural law-others acknowledge as the genius of the system. Explores how the natural law may be newly justified in our age, a task made urgent by the fact that Western, and increasingly, global, culture presupposes the existence in law of a system of "natural" or human rights.

TRS 837 Human and Animal Consciousness

The purpose of this class is to focus on ethical questions about human and animal nature and "personhood" through the literature of human and animal consciousness. The course considers sources in contemporary philosophy (e.g. MacIntyre's "Dependent Rational Animals") and theology, as well as Aquinas.