Religious Studies | Religious Thought & Ethics: Friendship, Love, and Giving to Strangers
R770 | 3619 | Smith


R770 Religious Thought & Ethics: Friendship, Love, and Giving to
Strangers (Cr.) T 4:00-6:00 (Smith)

We will focus on the moral reasons for doing good and the
moral problems that arise as we try to help people. Concern with both
personal and collective action. Specific topics to be covered include the
concepts of love and justice, the idea of a gift, problems of paternalism.
We will consider gifts of money, time, and of the body in organ donation.
A recurrent theme will be clarification of the proper role
of religious literature, belief, arguments and institutions
in creating or resolving these issues. Every student will be required to
write 2-4 short papers and one major research paper to be shared with the
seminar at the end of the semester. TEXTS: Fox and Swazey, Spare Parts;
Schneewind, Giving: Western Idea of Philanthropy; Meilaender, Friendship;
Hyde, The Gift; Smith, Entrusted; Mauss, The Gift.