Fr. Louie (right). Courtesy pic from Ateneo website.
Our Jesuit Professor this C3 Year
FR. LUIS “Louie” Solliven David, SJ, Ph.D
First Semester AY 2009-2010
SUBJECT: Modern Philosophy (Ph 13)
CLASS HOURS: Mondays, 1-4 PM
Second Semester AY 2009-2010
SUBJECT: Contemporary Philosophy (Ph 14)
CLASS HOURS: Fridays, 8:30-11:45 AM
He began teaching in San Carlos Seminary last AY 2008-2009 Second Semester for the subject Comtemporary Philosophy. He seems to be ferocious in his teaching method but very passionate and diligent in sharing his knowledge of philosophy to his students. Fr. Louie, a Jesuit, was ordained to the priesthood by Jaime Cardinal Sin on February 22, 1986. He was assigned as parochial vicar of San Jose Manggagawa Parish in Barangka, Marikina City for one year. (Now, the church is under supervision of the diocesan jurisdiction of Antipolo, with Fr. Aly Barcinal as its present diocesan parish priest).
He took up his master’s degree in philosophy at Boston College in the United States. In 1996, he finished his doctoral degree from the same institution with the dissertation entitled The Politics of the Personal in Michel Foucault: Working on Ourselves and Inventing an As Yet Uncertain Mode of Being. He is a full-time professor at the Department of Philosophy of the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City and editor of Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture. He also taught/teaches at UP Diliman, UST Ecclesiastical Faculties, Christ the King Mission Seminary, Immaculate Conception Major Seminary in Guiguinto, Bulacan.
Fr. Louie mentions that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was his professor in college at Ateneo. Among his notable students were Dato Arroyo, Ricardo Saludo, and Arthur Yap from the Ateneo School of Government.
San Carlos feat
After delivering a philosophical talk on postmodernity and Foucault at the San Carlos Seminary auditorium last June 27, 2008, he was invited by our dean, Rev. Fr. Lorenz Moises J. Festin, Ph.D, to teach classes in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, and eventually accepted the invitation.
His class on Modern Philosophy specializes on Niccolo Machiavelli, Rene Descartes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Thomas Hobbes. While on Contemporary Philosophy, he focused on Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Martin Heidegger. But during his first term of teaching, his Contemporary Philosophy revolved around Foucault.
Kudos Father! Hope you continue imbuing the minds of Karlista students in better appreciating the horizons of philosophy!