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PHIL-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6) Topics vary by section. Repeatable for credit with different topic.

Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Religious Pluralism/Tolerance
Religious Pluralism and Tolerance (3) At least since 9/11, after decades of theoretical neglect, religion is again a topic of interest among political theorists and social philosophers. Specifically, the specter of religious violence and the intensification of Islamophobia in the United States and Europe has lent a sense of urgency to questions about the capacity of liberal democracies to grapple with religious pluralism. This course examines questions such as how and to what extent political authority can be separated from religious claims; what kinds of accommodations are minority religious practices to be accorded; can secular nations legitimately exclude religion from the public sphere; and should governments seek to marginalize religious intolerance. Meets with PHIL-696 001.
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Idealism and Its Discontents
Idealism and its Discontents: Romantic Thought and Poetry from Hume to Shelley (3) Idealization is central to human thought, but at this historical moment seems untenable. Romanticism embraces the ideal, and yet often turns to literature to instantiate it. Writers such as Blake, Hume, Shelley, and Kant are aware of idealisms' costs, but nonetheless embrace it as an enabling fiction. This course considers what ideal fictions enable and explore the poverty of a life without them. Meets with LIT-496 001 LIT-696 001 PHIL-696 001.