American Studies | Colloquium in AMST: Religion & Social Criticism
G620 | 34976 | Miller, R

Topic: Religion and Social Criticism

Professor Richard Miller

Course meets with REL-R661/761


Monday 4-6pm

This course examines religion as a source or an object of social
criticism, starting in the early modern period and concluding in the
early part of the twentieth century. We will proceed along two
general lines. First, we will explore how theologians, philosophers,
and psychological and social theorists have seen religion as an
object of critique, focusing in particular on critics‟ ethical,
political, psychological, or economic reasons. Second, we will
examine how Western thinkers have seen religion as a source of ideas
for evaluating matters of personal or communal identity, cultural
practices, or social institutions. We will also explore how religion
is theorized in the critical discourses surrounding it. One question
we will consider is how (and in what ways) “religion” is
conceptualized in political or intellectual regimes that espouse the
toleration or the unmasking of religious belief or practice.