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Pantheologies: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, World

RELI 290
Spring 2018 not offered
Crosslisting: FGSS 290
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory
Course Cluster: Animal Studies

Pantheism teaches that the world itself is divine. The idea seems simple enough, yet it has suffered extraordinary ridicule at the hands of Western philosophers and theologians who have considered "matter" to be lifeless, dark, and feminine, which is to say as different as possible from "God." This course will explore this generalized panic over pantheism--in particular, the anxieties it encodes over gender, race, nationality, and class--before turning to contemporary constructive pantheologies. To what extent are recent theories of cosmology, complexity, and materiality setting forth subtle pantheisms? What are the feminist, antiracist, and ecological stakes of these theories? Properly conceived, what is pantheism, and is it ultimately distinguishable from atheism?
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(STS)

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