Self, Society, & Religion
T, R | 9:30-10:45 am
What is a self & does it consist in one’s “identity?” Is “identity” something one discovers or is it something one creates or even performs? What personal & social mechanisms effect self-transformation and how do religious institutions “mortify” the self? This course studies classics on selfhood and identity & examines such historical texts as Teresa of Avila’s Way of Perfection and Shantideva’s Guide to the Boddhisattva’s Way of Life.
Penguin, UK, 1991
Politics of Piety
Princeton University Press, 2005
Blackboard Other texts will be available through the Blackboard course site.