Peter M. Distelzweig

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Science, Medicine, and Society Minor
Degree
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (HPS)
M.A., University of Pittsburgh (HPS)
M.S., Eastern Michigan University (Physics Education)
Office
JRC 234
Phone
(651) 962-5368
Fax
(651) 962-5340
Mail
University of St. Thomas, JRC 241
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
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Peter Distelzweig is an assistant professor in Philosophy and the director of the Science, Medicine, and Society Minor. He specializes in early modern philosophy, and the history and philosophy of science and medicine. He is also interested in ancient philosophy and science--especially that of Aristotle.

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CSMA 529 - 02 Science & Catholicism - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

43115 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Peter M. Distelzweig

The rise and dramatic development of the modern natural sciences have shaped our world in varied and prominent ways. How do these natural sciences fit into Catholic intellectual, spiritual, and cultural life? Just what are the natural sciences, really? How are they related to philosophy and theology? How are they integrated into the Christian “social imaginary”? In this course, we seek to understand and answer these important questions through an exploration of important episodes, topics, and texts from the two-thousand-year history of Christianity and science.

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DVPH 800 - I1 Philosophy of Science - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

43730 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Peter M. Distelzweig

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PHIL 115 - 03 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 JRC 247

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M - W - F - -

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0815 - 0920

Location:

JRC 247

Course Registration Number:

41699 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Peter M. Distelzweig

An examination of fundamental conceptions of the human person in ancient, medieval and modern philosophy. Possible topics include: the existence and immortality of the human soul, free will and determinism, the immateriality of the intellect, the relationship between mind and body, and the relevance of different conceptions of the human person for ethics and religion. Attention is given to relevant issues of human diversity. The development of logical and critical thinking receives special attention. This course, with PHIL 214, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

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PHIL 115 - 08 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC LL62

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M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

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JRC LL62

Course Registration Number:

41830 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Peter M. Distelzweig

An examination of fundamental conceptions of the human person in ancient, medieval and modern philosophy. Possible topics include: the existence and immortality of the human soul, free will and determinism, the immateriality of the intellect, the relationship between mind and body, and the relevance of different conceptions of the human person for ethics and religion. Attention is given to relevant issues of human diversity. The development of logical and critical thinking receives special attention. This course, with PHIL 214, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

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PHIL 115 - 12 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 247

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M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

JRC 247

Course Registration Number:

42769 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Peter M. Distelzweig

An examination of fundamental conceptions of the human person in ancient, medieval and modern philosophy. Possible topics include: the existence and immortality of the human soul, free will and determinism, the immateriality of the intellect, the relationship between mind and body, and the relevance of different conceptions of the human person for ethics and religion. Attention is given to relevant issues of human diversity. The development of logical and critical thinking receives special attention. This course, with PHIL 214, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum.

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PHIL 241 - 01 Hist. & Philosophy of Medicine - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

43786 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Peter M. Distelzweig

This course presents an integrated, interdisciplinary examination of philosophical developments in the history of medical science and health care. Students will develop a critical and creative perspective on medicine and health care through philosophical exploration of their history, foundations, and purposes. Students will study important episodes and developments in the history of the theory and practice of medicine and explore philosophical analyses of and arguments about the nature of medical knowledge, health, disease and health care. Prerequisite: PHIL 115

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J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 297 - L01 Topics: Dying in America See Details * *

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See Details

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Course Registration Number:

10339 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Peter M. Distelzweig

Everybody dies, but not everybody dies well. Why not? And what does it mean to die well? To address these questions, the instructors, a social worker and a philosopher, will explore what it means to die well from philosophical and practical perspectives, with special attention to the dynamics that shape end of life experiences in the US. Students will engage materials examining end of life experiences in the US through social, cultural, spiritual, medical, and policy lenses, including academic scholarship, literature, and materials from popular culture. In addition, students will have the opportunity to discuss these issues with professionals from various disciplines who work in the field of death and dying. This course aims to challenge and equip students to develop a concrete, realistic, just, and thoughtful perspective on end of life. It will be taught as a Writing-to-Learn course and will interest students in many areas of study, including Social Work, Philosophy, Pre-Health, Science, Medicine and Society, Family Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Pre-Law, Theology, Public Health, Economics, Business, Communications and Journalism, and Women Studies. No prereqs.

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SCB 2050900-1200- T - - F - -
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SCB 2050900-120030 Jan '20

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PHIL 115 - 01 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 JRC 201

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

JRC 201

Course Registration Number:

22377 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Peter M. Distelzweig

An examination of fundamental conceptions of the human person in ancient, medieval and modern philosophy. Possible topics include: the existence and immortality of the human soul, free will and determinism, the immateriality of the intellect, the relationship between mind and body, and the relevance of different conceptions of the human person for ethics and religion. Attention is given to relevant issues of human diversity. The development of logical and critical thinking receives special attention. This course, with PHIL 214, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 115 - 04 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 247

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

JRC 247

Course Registration Number:

21119 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Peter M. Distelzweig

An examination of fundamental conceptions of the human person in ancient, medieval and modern philosophy. Possible topics include: the existence and immortality of the human soul, free will and determinism, the immateriality of the intellect, the relationship between mind and body, and the relevance of different conceptions of the human person for ethics and religion. Attention is given to relevant issues of human diversity. The development of logical and critical thinking receives special attention. This course, with PHIL 214, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
PHIL 115 - 07 Philosophy of Human Person M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 247

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

JRC 247

Course Registration Number:

22631 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Peter M. Distelzweig

An examination of fundamental conceptions of the human person in ancient, medieval and modern philosophy. Possible topics include: the existence and immortality of the human soul, free will and determinism, the immateriality of the intellect, the relationship between mind and body, and the relevance of different conceptions of the human person for ethics and religion. Attention is given to relevant issues of human diversity. The development of logical and critical thinking receives special attention. This course, with PHIL 214, fulfills the Moral and Philosophical Reasoning requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)