Oct 15, 2018  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

INST 3535 - The Search for Meaning in Western Literature: Religion, Spirituality, and Personal Philosophy

Hours: 4
The aim of this course is to explore how the response of human beings a whole persons to the basic issues and challenges of life. Those issues include our opportunities for meaning and purpose, and the challenge of tragedy and human finitude. Students will explore a range of texts from the Western tradition of Western literature in terms of the way they express and embody a wide variety of ways of being, acting, and creating. We will examine a wide variety of responses, including interpretation of the meaning of moral choice. We will also examine a variety of responses to the question of the ultimate context of human life, including those of a variety of religious and spiritual viewpoints, as well as the responses of atheistic or non-theistic spirituality or life philosophy. Finally, we will gain a sense of historical origin and development of these responses, and place the Western tradition in a broader global context.