Follow the rise of ancient and continental philosophy into critical contemporary thinking, at the European roots of wonder, reflection, and awe.
Gain a deeper understanding of critical, ethical, and existential issues that face us as individuals and societies: Love, fear, alienation, gender, identity, hope, destruction, life, and death. Partake in well-informed discussions on conflicting understandings regarding human nature, knowledge and thinking, health, and ultimately, the future of life on planet earth.
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Religious Mythos and Philosophical Logos
Fall/Spring, 3 Credits
- Religious Studies
Explore the function of myth and the emergence of the rational philosophical mind in Western culture. We begin with the great poets and philosophers of Ancient Greece, including Homer, Sophocles, and Plato, and conclude with works by some of the best continental thinkers: Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Heidegger. To discuss why artworks for modern philosophers may be conveyers of truth, we peruse art in Copenhagen and Northern Germany on the short Study Tour. On the week-long Study Tour to Athens, our readings gain new depths and perspective as we experience the actual historical sites described in the classical texts.
Week-Long Study Tour: Athens
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Core Course Week: Northern Germany