Philosophy & Religious Studies
PHIL 320: Hinduism
TR / 9:30a - 10:45a
#8779 (3 credits)
The Indian subcontinent is one of the great historic centers of world civilization, and it has extended its cultural influence throughout Asia and the world; like China, it now also comprises about one fifth to one sixth of the earth's population. This class will introduce students to the region's preponderant religious and philosophical tradition of Hinduism, treating topics such as understandings of a God or gods, teachings of a universal Self, reincarnation, views for and against the caste system, and Hinduism and globalization. We will treat examples of Hinduism from the ancient to contemporary periods, devoting special attention to selections of classic texts. Essential Studies: Humanities / Diversity of Human Experience
PHIL 331: Contemporary European Philosophy
MW / 6:10p-7:25p
#8780 (3 credits)
What makes work, work? Why do we work so much and have so little free time? Should work define us more than how we spend our leisure time? What impacts do work and play have on our ability to live “the good life” (i.e., ethical and aesthetic lives) respectively? Is it possible to truly find edifying work, or are the majority of careers simply “bullshit jobs”? Are there better and worse ways to play? In this course seminar participants will consider philosophical arguments on the nature of work and play in contemporary society. We will consider arguments made by leading European philosophers as well as academics in other disciplines—e.g., anthropology, economic and political theory, and sociology—who have been heavily influenced by Continental philosophy.
PHIL 450: Philosophy, Economics, and Politics
TR / 12:30p-1:45p
#8781 (3 credits)
America is a capitalist society; the world is one giant market. Is this good or bad, and how does it inform what we want out of life? Should we be mad that others have more than us or should we just be happy if we have enough? And, what is enough anyway? These questions reveal that discussing politics alone just doesn’t give us the perspective to understand how the world interrelates. We need philosophy and economics as well, or none of it will make very much sense. In this class we will read Adam Smith and Karl Marx, Libertarian thinkers and welfare economists, and explore the history of distributive justice.
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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