Secularism: An Introduction|
Spring 2018 not offered
This course traces the idea and ideal of secularism as an ideological project from classic Enlightenment texts to its contemporary incarnations. We begin with philosophical arguments for the separation of church and state as well as the utopian ideals of secular humanism. We then trace how these underpinnings were embodied in state-sponsored atheism in the Soviet Union, as well as in liberal democratic principles in the U.S. and Europe. Finally, we examine critiques of the secular project, focusing on secularism as a realpolitik approach to governing multireligious societies and the idea of religious freedom as a universal human right.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Mill, John Stuart, ON LIBERTY
Marx, Karl, SELECTIONS TBA
Luehrmann, Sonja, SECULARISM SOVIET STYLE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Readings, reading responses, class participation, in-class exams, 3 short critical essays.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Historical Tradition" requirement for the Religion Department major.