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Religion: On the Meaning of Life

REL 085 Z1 (CRN: 60374)

3 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: PHIL 010 Z1

About REL 085 Z1

This course will benefit students taking their first course in either religion or philosophy, as well as students who have been introduced to these subjects previously. The pace of the course will proceed on the basis of the progress students are making in reading and discussing the material. While the course will be divided between lecture and discussion, emphasis will be placed on questions raised by the readings and student concerns. This course explores the ways in which different thinkers, texts, and traditions have responded to the question concerning the meaning of life. Topics to be covered include the questions: What is human happiness? What makes a good life? What is meaningful work? What kinds of responsibility do I have for other people? How do various thinkers, both philosophic and religious, respond to the problem of human suffering? What is the relation of personal to social identity in an age of increasing complexity? We will read classic as well as modern and contemporary texts. In addition, we will use films to provide the basis for further reflection and discussion.


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Dates: June 18-July 13, 2018; Cross listed with PHIL 010 Z1

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