University Catalog 2005-2006

Liberal Studies (LS)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

500 Religious Worlds in Transition (3:3:0) Examines selection of non-Western and pre-Western cultures and -reli-gions, ancient and modern, and examines -responses to an evolving world. Each culture is viewed from two standpoints: first, from its own construction of values, its conceptions of the relationship of the sacred to the world, the human condition, and ÒsuccessÓ in human life; second, from its -responses to the inevitable crises of history and the forces of change.

502 Religions in Conflict and Dialogue (3:3:0) Examines nature and patterns of religious conflict and -explores ways of engaging in dialogue. Exploration of religious pluralism for dialogue is the main theme of the course.

511 Contemporary Values (3:3:0) Identifies personal, social, political, and religious values in contemporary society; examine their foundations and inter-relationships; and examine in depth at least one area of human life in which values are both important and -contested.

513 Existence, Faith, and Doubt (3:3:0) Examines idea of religion, of the essential features and variations belonging to religious existence, of the challenges to religious self-understanding posed by contemporary interpretation of religious consciousness, and of the responses to those challenges through a hermeneutics of the reli-gious symbol.

515 Time and the Human Condition (3:3:0) Explores Western cultureÕs changing interpretations of the meaning and value of time and an examination of the ways these changing interpretations reflect diverse understandings of the meaning of the human condition.

520 Science, Reason, and Reality (3:3:0) Advanced explor-ation of the interrelations between science, reason, and reality. Explores philosophical perspectives such as the logical empiricist approach, the Popperian falsifi-ability orientation, KuhnÕs historicism, Newton-SmithÕs rationalism, a modeling approach by Van Fraasen, and HackingÕs experimental realism.