Classes

The Sacred & The Secular: Seminar

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2010

Course Description

This seminar will develop a Gen Ed course in Culture and Belief. The Gen Ed course is devoted to the following question: What is the meaningfulness and direction of our lives grounded in, now that we live in a secular age? The course proceeds by considering different conceptions of gods and the sacred in the classic literature of the West, asking whether any of these conceptions remains relevant after the death of God. Readings for the course are chosen from among Homer, the Bible, Aeschylus,Virgil, Augustine, Dante, Luther,...

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ProSeminar: Late Heidegger

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2008

Course Description

A selection of readings from Martin Heidegger’s late work, focusing on his discussion of thinking, poetry, gods, works of art and things. Late Heidegger was consumed with the question how cultures in the modern West can gather and preserve meaningful possibilities of existence for the people who live in them. We will focus for some time especially on Heidegger’s reading of the German poet Hölderlin, whom he interprets as the paradigm of a poet who resonates with and preserves meaning in “destitute times”. We will also examine...

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