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 how the Mahayana Buddhist concepts of compassion and wisdom can serve as the basis for a healthy, happy, and meaningful life.
Explore the myriad of ways that writers have drawn from the Bible as a source for ideas.
Explore themes—love, death, evil, suffering, and forgiveness—across religious and literary texts from the Western canon and beyond.
Explore the grand themes and philosophical ideas that inspired ancient Greek dramatists.
Navigate the theory of religion and examine the ideals of six world religions.
Through readings and art, explore the role of demons—both good and evil—in the ancient Near East.
Learn about major developments in theories of the mind, from ancient Greece to neuropsychology.
Read and discuss Arendt’s work, and discover her continued relevance to contemporary political, moral, and intellectual life.
Consider some ways that philosophy distinguishes itself from religion as a guide to spiritual life.
Explore American religious life from the perspective of those deemed “religious outsiders” or “cults” by the mainstream.
Read the first five books of the Bible, tracing the processes by which they were formed and considering the multiple contexts that informed them.