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Upcoming Philosophy and Religion Seminars

This list is of upcoming seminars only. Since most seminars meet more than once in a term, if a class has already met at least once, it will no longer show up on this list. To find a seminar that has already started or has finished, use the calendar and set the date range to include the seminar’s starting date.

Starting: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Wednesdays, June 10 – July 15
Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None
Led by Eugene Newman

Seminar Description

Who was Nietzsche’s Zarathustra, this self-professed antichrist, proclaimer of the Übermensch, teacher of the eternal recurrence of the same? Nietzsche’s magnum opus develops specific philosophical themes, but cannot be reduced to any simple ideology. We will examine Nietzsche’s varied relations...

Starting: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Wednesdays, June 10 – July 22
The Nature of Forgiveness in Biblical Texts
Led by Susanne Sklar

Seminar Description

What is forgiveness? This seminar explores and compares the varieties of forgiveness found in biblical stories. We will get behind the eyes of characters like Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers; David, Bathsheba, and other adulterous women; the Prodigal Son; and the Apocalypse’s Spirit/Bride. Culminating in a radical...


Starting: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Thursdays, June 11 – July 16
Divinely Funny: Joy and Laughter in Religion
Led by Una Stroda

Seminar Description

The sacred tends to be associated with gravity, not levity. But laughter has had a role in religion. In this seminar we will look at laughter in religion and laughter at religion. We will survey the ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world and Judaism, Christianity, and other religions. Then, we will end the class with a look at recent...