HDS 3409

Ethics, Religion, and Violence in Comparative Perspective

Anne E. Monius


Predicated on the assumption that global concerns are manifest in highly particularized cultural and religious circumstances, this course seeks to understand Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian framings of and prospective solutions to the problem of communal violence in the contemporary world. Topics examined in each tradition include: conceptions of moral subjectivity, frameworks for moral education, close readings of novels that grapple with the moral challenges (especially new forms of violence) wrought by colonization and globalization, and explicitly religious responses to such violence in the work of Mahatma Gandhi, Buddhist monastic communities in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Ethical Reasoning 17

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Mon Wed 10am-11am
FAS Harvard Hall Room 104

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Comparative Studies
  • Hindu Studies
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • South Asian Religious Traditions
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • South Asian Religions
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None