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.
To counter modern-day life’s intrusions upon our attention and humanity, explore the principles and practices of mindfulness and compassion.
Explore the myriad of ways that writers have drawn from the Bible as a source for ideas.
Explore how the Mahayana Buddhist concepts of compassion and wisdom can serve as the basis for a healthy, happy, and meaningful life.
Discover various psychological approaches to art and artists throughout history, and explore the psychology of three iconic artists.
Explore the writings and life of Augustine of Hippo, and discuss his legacy on modern Christian theology and philosophy.
Navigate the theory of religion and examine the ideals of six world religions.
Explore the fascinating relationship with food, eating, and food prohibitions in several major world religions.
Gain a greater understanding of female divinities in the ancient world, as well as their continued influence on life and religion today.
Explore the period that led to the emergence of Christianity and Second Temple Judaism—its history, literature, and religious communities.
Explore the works of Nietzsche, an important and controversial figure who continues to exert influence on contemporary writers and thinkers.
Study Plato’s Republic, a work of monumental scope and significance that presents his conception of the ideal city-state.
Examine human relationships in the Bible and the ancient world, including gender roles, power, forbidden sexuality, and consequences for deviation.
Explore the varied ways that the position of women was defined in the ancient Near East, including in Israel, Mesopotamia, Babylon, and Sumer.
Explore Western culture’s psychological theories of dreaming, and look at current research about how dreaming functions and what it means.
Explore the lives and legacies of three prominent Jewish heretics, and examine how they have influenced Jewish tradition and philosophy.