HDS 3724

Anthropomorphism and the Religious Imagination

Michael D. Jackson


Animism, fetishism and anthropomorphism have often been taken as signs of primitivism and fallacious reasoning. This course explores the origins of these modes of thought, not simply in history and culture but in human intersubjectivity and existential situations. The general theme of the course is the interplay of persons and things, persons and animals, subjects and objects. Drawing on a variety of ethnographic materials, we will explore the conditions under which the extra-human world of things, plants, animals and "natural" phenomena is assimilated to the social world of persons.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Thurs 2pm-4pm
Andover Hall Room 102

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Non-Tradition Specific
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None