Philosophy & Religious Studies
PHIL 380: Buddhism
TR / 11:00a-12:15p
#10377 (3 credits)
This class begins with the study of some of the foundational Buddhist beliefs and practices documented in the earliest Pali scriptures. It proceeds to examine how these beliefs and practices were transformed and developed in later traditions of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism that flourished throughout Asia. We will also consider the recent spread of Buddhism to the West and the challenges Buddhism has faced in the contemporary period. The goal is to leave the students with a greater appreciation for the enduring importance of Buddhist religion and philosophy in world civilization. In order to stimulate the greatest interest among the students, the focus will be on selections of classic texts. Two or three movies will be viewed to provide a sense of Buddhism in concrete life. This class counts toward the Essential Studies requirements of Breadth of Knowledge: Humanities and Special Emphasis: Diversity of Human Experience.
PHIL 451: Current Topics in Political Philosophy: Citizenship and its Challenges
R / 4:00p-6:30p
#13820 (3 credits)
This class will examine the idea of citizenship as it has been understood throughout history, with special attention to dignity and human rights. We will then look at the way governments have tried to divide or subordinate citizens, by exploring how fascism, propaganda, racism, and antisemitism work to undermine individuality and community. We will also look at the role of education in social change.
The department offers a wide range of classes for all experience levels. Whether you are a curious student who has never taken a philosophy course or someone who is finishing their major, we have the right course for you. No prerequisites are required.
Both philosophy and religion are concerned with the fundamental human questions, as well as the traditions to which they are attached. Areas of investigation include but are not limited to questions regarding the meaning of life, the ability to live ethically, and the human quest for the sacred. These concerns form the core of liberal arts education.
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