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    Otterbein University
  Feb 20, 2018
2016-2017 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 as 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.