Honors | God and the Human Condition (HON)
H203 | 26071 | Nancy Levene


MW 11:15am-12:30pm

This course will explore the writings of selected Western authors
whose pursuit of truth, goodness, or salvation involve them in
arguing for and/or with conceptions of God. We will debate the
meanings of such ideas as morality, freedom, nature, rationality,
faith, doubt, suffering, and beauty, and will consider in particular
the arguments of those thinkers who want to place the individual at
the center of such inquiries. In this light, we will have cause to
ask about the practices and performances of selfhood that each
thinker would have human beings enact, and about the path to wisdom
that is thereby recommended. Authors will include Plato, Anselm,
Spinoza, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Thoreau, as well as readings from
the Jewish and Christian Bibles.