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HUM-101 Introduction to the Humanities I: Philosophical Thought

Examines the question: How do we live a meaningful life? Drawing from a range of Western philosophers, the course examines the basic tension between the Greco-Roman tradition of secular humanism and the traditions of theistic religion (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). Students will absorb and digest philosophical ideas from Plato, sacred texts (the Bible and the Quran), Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, Viktor E. Frankl and Simone Weil, among others. Course content consists of a series of half-hour video lectures along with text readings. Throughout, the course challenges students to consider and reconsider what constitutes a meaningful life. This course is based on the course "Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life" from the Teaching Company.

Study Methods:

Online Courses (HUM-101-OL):
Oct 2019,  Nov 2019,  Dec 2019,  Jan 2020,  Feb 2020,  Mar 2020

Semester Hours: 3

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