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Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion

  • Expresses Complex Ideas
  • Debates Conflicting Perspectives
  • Provides Historic Contexts

These courses explore life’s greatest questions by discussing classic and modern philosophers, psychology, and world religions. They develop skills to express complex ideas, challenge orthodoxy, and expose underlying assumptions.

Art, Artists, and Madness

Discover various psychological approaches to art and artists throughout history, and explore the psychology of three iconic artists.

2017 Spring
1 section

From Apocalypse to Zombie: The End of the World in Religion, History, and Culture

Explore how religion, art, and popular culture have reflected humanity’s fears of the end of time throughout history.

2017 Summer
1 section

Philosophy as a Guide to Spiritual Life

Consider some ways that philosophy distinguishes itself from religion as a guide to spiritual life.

2017 Summer
1 section

Tibetan Meditation: Bringing Meaning to Every Moment

Explore how the Mahayana Buddhist concepts of compassion and wisdom can serve as the basis for a healthy, happy, and meaningful life.

2017 Summer
2 sections

Dreaming: Its Psychology, Its Meaning

Explore Western culture’s psychological theories of dreaming, and look at current research about how dreaming functions and what it means.

2017 Spring
1 section

Introduction to the Old Testament: From Psalms to Chronicles

Examine the “writings,” the last part of the Hebrew Bible, within historical, sociological, and literary contexts.

2017 Spring
1 section

Religion and Literature

Explore themes—love, death, evil, suffering, and forgiveness—across religious and literary texts from the Western canon and beyond.

2017 Spring
1 section

East Meets West: Major Thinkers of India and China

Discover how Eastern philosophy confronts many of the same existential questions found in the West.

2017 Spring
1 section

Introduction to Mindfulness for Professionals

This course invites professionals from every industry and level to investigate mindfulness as both a quality of attention and a practice.

2017 Spring
1 section

Introduction to the New Testament

Explore the New Testament in light of historical, sociological, and literary contexts, both ancient and contemporary.

2017 Spring
1 section

Hannah Arendt: A Philosopher in Dark Times

Read and discuss Arendt’s work, and discover her continued relevance to contemporary political, moral, and intellectual life.

Human Rights: Relativism and Universalism

Explore the conflicting philosophies surrounding the expansion of human rights and the repercussions of this debate in contemporary issues.

Pathfinders: Comparative Religions

Navigate the theory of religion and then examine the ideals of six world religions through a close study of texts.

Psychology and Religion

Explore the contributions that psychology, and particularly psychoanalysis, can make to an understanding of religion.