Philosophy as a Guide to Spiritual Life
Seekers of a spiritual life sometimes forget that philosophy is as much a resource as religion. In ancient times, philosophy was understood as a life-guide alternative to and in competition with religions. In this class, we consider some ways that philosophy distinguishes itself from religion as a guide to spiritual life, and we examine the spirituality inherent to some classic philosophical texts, including the Upanishads and works by Plato, Lucretius, Marcus Aurelius, Immanuel Kant, William James, Bertrand Russell, and Simone Weil. Topics addressed include the role of reason and experience in the spiritual life, philosophical therapy for life’s ills, and the afterlife.
You'll Walk Away with
- Familiarity with major philosophers
- An understanding of the intersection between philosophy and spirituality
- The curious and creative
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between