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Upcoming Philosophy and Religion Seminars

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Starting: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Tuesdays, February 17 - April 28 (class will not meet on March 31)
Does God Exist? How Can We Know?
Led by Robert Sprott

Seminar Description

Does God exist? Our response to this question guides and informs what we make of ourselves, as well as what we make of the world in which we live. This seminar will use David Bentley Hart’s The Experience of God as an entry point into the question of God’s existence both within the great theistic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, Islam...


Starting: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Tuesdays, February 17 – April 7
Laughter in Paradise: The Divine Joy in the Bible and Beyond
Led by Una Stroda

Seminar Description

Christianity is a religion hardly associated with humor. Is there laughter in the Bible? Exploring the theme of laughter as it appears in the traditions, rituals, and religious texts of cultures surrounding the biblical world will inform the discovery of laughter in the Christian Bible itself. A glance at the historical...


Starting: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Wednesdays, February 18 – April 22
Flannery O'Connor and the Agency of Grace
Led by Lyle Roebuck

Seminar Description

In the work of Flannery O’Connor, the human condition is reduced, often by violent circumstances, to a state in which faith may or may not lead to any kind of salvation or redemption. Freakish tragedies strip O’Connor’s characters of pretention, leaving them in a state of grace—a condition most of them, no doubt, would have preferred to avoid...


Starting: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Thursdays, February 19 – April 23
Hannah Arendt's The Human Condition
Led by Stuart Patterson

Seminar Description

This course examines the human condition through a close reading of Hannah Arendt’s 1958 work of the same title, which portrays the rise of modern society from its origins in the classical Greek city-state. Short weekly readings will let us appreciate the great complexity and scope of Arendt’s examination—made in prose of...


Starting: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Thursdays, February 19 – March 26
Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus: Existential Literature as Philosophy
Led by Eugene Newman

Seminar Description

The literary texts of the great French existentialists are perhaps the most effective presentations of their philosophies. Close readings of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea and Albert Camus’ The Stranger will elucidate the themes of existential angst, the absurd, and the possibilities of authentic living and action...


Starting: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Wednesdays, March 4-April 29
Norse Mythology: Religion & Culture
Led by Karl Seigfried

Seminar Description

Discover the relationship between the tales of Norse mythology and the cultures that produced them. Participants will learn how the powerful myths preserved by Icelanders in the thirteenth century relate to the religious beliefs and practices of the pre-Christian northern world. Particular attention will be paid to the role of women in Norse...


Starting: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Thursdays, March 12-April 23
Cogito Ergo Sum: Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy
Led by Thomas Zebrowski

Seminar Description

Rene Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) is among the greatest philosophical works of all time, as well as one of the founding texts of modernity. In these Meditations, Descartes outlines his famous method of doubt, explains the certainty of his own existence as a thinking being, explores the relationship...