Dr. Angela Franks Profile

Th 5:00–7:00pm



Philosophy is the pursuit of wisdom. This course will provide an introduction to metaphysics, centering on Thomas’s achievement in enunciating the real distinction. It will also give an overview of modern Western philosophical critiques of metaphysics, focusing on Descartes, Kant, and Nietzsche. It will also examine Pope St. John Paul II’s contribution to the relation of faith and reason. An important goal of the course will be to equip students to research and write academic papers. Note: This course is a hybrid course of classroom meetings and online sessions. For more information, please contact the Program Director.


1. Thomas Aquinas’s De Ente et Essentia, Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies

  • ISBN-10: 0888442505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888442505

2. Rene Descartes’s On Method (Cress translation), Hackett

  • ISBN-10: 0872204200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872204201

3. Immanuel Kant’s Prolegomena to Any future Metaphysics (Ellington translation), Hackett

  • ISBN-10: 0872205932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872205932

4. Friedrich Nietzsche, Basic Writings of Nietzsche (Kaufmann translation), Modern Library

  • ISBN-10: 0679783393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679783398

5. Alasdair MacIntryre’s God, Philosophy, Universities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009)

  • ISBN-10: 0742544303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742544307

6. Etienne Gilson’s God and Philosophy, Yale UP

  • ISBN-10: 0300092997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300092998

7. Kate Turabian’s A Manual for Writers, 8th edition, Univ of Chicago Press

  • ISBN-10: 0226816389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226816388

8. Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, 4th edition, Longmans

  • ISBN-10: 020530902X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205309023

9. Mortimer Adler and Charles van Doren's How to Read a Book, revised ed., Touchstone

  • ISBN-13: 004-2516291251
  • ISBN-10: 0671212095