Gender/The Sexual Difference

JPI 550/850

This course considers the question of gender/the sexual difference in terms of its theological and ontological foundations, and in light of issues raised regarding this question in the current cultural situation. Readings are drawn from Aristotle, John Paul II, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and a variety of contemporary authors (e.g., biologists, social scientists, theologians, cultural critics).


Course Texts for Spring 2022

• Compendium of readings (available through Cognella)
• Simon Baron-Cohen, The Essential Difference. (New York: Basic Books, 2003).
• John Paul II, Man and Woman He Created Them: Theology of the Body.
• Eve Tushnet, Gay and Catholic (Ave Maria Press, 2014).

Associated Faculty

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