Reading from Plato to Arendt, this introductory course will investigate major works that have shaped normative arrangements of religion, ethics, and politics in Europe, North America, and beyond. Throughout the term, we will be considering texts with disproportionate influence on religious and social institutions, including ideas of natural law and positive law, political and religious belonging, ecclesiastical and state or national citizenship, and the relationship among individual, faith community, and polity. We will consider a variety perspectives on the issue of "Who rules?," from patriarch, to the gods, and philosopher to the people. Throughout, we will attend to how ostensibly universal discourses implicitly and/or explicitly structure arrangements of gender, race, sexuality, and economic status-including slave, colonized, and master.
Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1445
Mon Wed 10am-11am
Course location to be announced.
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