REL 237.001 Self, Society, & Religion
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.
T, R | 9:30-10:45 am
Penguin, UK, 1991
Politics of Piety
Princeton University Press, 2005
Blackboard Other texts will be available through the Blackboard course site.