Two members of the Palm Beach Atlantic University faculty will debate the topic Is Moral Relativism Viable? Is it Christian? during the third annual Socratic Club Faculty Debate at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, in PBA's Gregory Hall Room 116.
Dr. David Horkott, assistant professor of philosophy, will be arguing pro and Dr. Emery Twoey, professor of education, will be arguing con. The free event is open to the public.
Dr. Horkott has always been fascinated by the universe and curious about life. In 1977 he took his first philosophy class with C. Stephen Evans at Wheaton College, where lectures on Soren Kierkegaard convinced him that devotion to philosophy would make his faith more meaningful.
While at Wheaton, he studied the history of philosophy and ethics with Arthur Holmes; in 1985 he earned an M.A. in Systematic Theology, studying under Walter A. Elwell.
After theology, he returned to philosophy and earned a doctorate in an interdisciplinary program with a concentration in philosophy at the University of Dallas. Dr. Horkott spent the next 10 years in Texas, studying continental philosophy and aesthetics with Robert E. Wood and Dennis L. Sepper.
His dissertation, completed in 2001, focused on Friedrich Nietzsche's critique of western culture as it appears in On the Genealogy of Morals.
Dr. Twoey has been in teacher education at the collegiate level since 1992. He was an associate professor of education at Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Ill., until joining the faculty of PBA in 1996.
Previously, he was a school counselor and special education teacher in Dade County public schools. He is the author of ProTeen: A Positive Approach to Understanding Adolescents, and his areas of interests are special education, adolescent education and counseling. He is director of Crosspoint Counseling Center at Church in the Farms in Jupiter.
Dr. Twoey has written numerous articles for various periodicals on character development in teenagers, developing social skills in children and pragmatic education. He has presented papers at educational conferences and workshops including Teaching Academic Survival Skills (TASS) conference, the Florida Association of Colleges and Schools (FACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
The PBA Socratic Club is a fraternal organization for select students in the Frederick M. Supper Honors Program. The club includes academic, social and service-oriented components, all of which serve to explore and enlarge the students' perspectives regarding their local and global communities. Originally begun by C. S. Lewis during his years at Oxford University, the Socratic Club intends to delve into questions pertaining, but not restricted, to those issues widely contested within the Christian domain. On a larger scale, however, the students in the club are encouraged to broaden their worldviews and apply their insights to foster a heightened sense of community, which should be, and often is, the mainstay of Christianity.