Jim Wetzel is visiting at Princeton this term. His home institution is Villanova University, where he is a professor of philosophy, holder of the Augustinian Endowed Chair, and Associate Director of the Augustinian Institute. His interests in philosophy and religion took root in his undergraduate days at Princeton. He turned to Augustine, primarily as a crossroads in the Western construction of a philosophical tradition, in his doctoral work at Columbia. Since then he has been especially interested in the affinities and tensions between the saintly life and the ideal of the sage. Before beginning at Villanova in 2005, he taught for many years in the joint Department of Philosophy and Religion at Colgate University and held visiting appointments at Notre Dame, Brown, and Princeton. He is the author of three books—Augustine and the Limits of Virtue (Cambridge, 1992), Augustine: A Guide for the Perplexed (Bloomsbury, 2010), and Parting Knowledge (Cascade, 2013)—and editor of The Cambridge Critical Guide to Augustine’s City of God (2012). In 2014 he was awarded the Veritas Medallion for outstanding research, and in 2015 he received the L.A.C.E.O. award for distinguished service and teaching at SCI Graterford, the largest prison in Pennsylvania.
Courses – Spring 2017
REL 397 / HUM 397 / HLS 397 (EM) Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit
From Eros to Sin: Augustine’s Transfiguration of Plato
1:30 pm – 4:20 pm W
Department Area Requirement: Critical Thought