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RELIGST 365: Creating the Universe: Buddhist Science, Ritual and Art (RELIGST 265)

Much of Buddhist ritual and art can usefully be thought of as technology--physical pieces that, when arranged systematically, make a given practice effective. This class is about the Buddhist scientific perspectives underlying the production of such ritual and art in Tibet, Nepal, and India. The course is organized around cosmological and biological topics such as physical models of the universe, the types of beings that dwell in the world, and the cycles of life and death. Within these topics, we will investigate the relationships between sacred texts, ritual practices, and visual arts as the material culture of religion.
Terms: not given this year, last offered Winter 2018 | Units: 5 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

RELIGST 367: Seminar in Religion and Material Culture

The first part of the course will examine approaches to the role of material culture in religion, including scholarship on icons, sacred space, clothing and food. In the second part of the course, students will develop research projects in their area of specialization.
Terms: not given this year, last offered Winter 2018 | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

RELIGST 368: Language, Scripture, and Community in Indian Religions

Scripture has meant many things across religions and cultures: absolute truth, divine revelation, a manual for correct practice, a site of political contestation. In an age of rising religious fundamentalism around the globe, it is timelier than ever to reflect on the concept of divine revelation and how, as an artifact of language, scripture can generate religious meaning and move people to act with conviction. Does ¿iva only speak Sanskrit, the language of the Gods? Or is scripture the natural, spontaneous utterances of wandering poets who speak the language of the people? In this course, we will examine the category of scriptural revelation as articulated in South Asian religions, and how scriptural texts are recited and embodied, focusing in particular on how particular religious communities come to be defined by the language in which their scriptures were composed.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 4 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

RELIGST 369: Plotinus and Augustine (PHIL 229, PHIL 329, RELIGST 269)

Professor's permission required to register. A reading course focused on the influence of Plotinus Enneads on Augustine's Confessions, early dialogues, and sections on reason and memory in the De trinitate. Proficiency in Greek and Latin will be helpful but is not required. Professor's prior permission required, interested students should contact the professor about course schedule: tsheehan@stanford.edu . Undergraduates register for 200-level for 5 units. Graduate students register for 300-level for 3-5 units.
Terms: not given this year, last offered Spring 2018 | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

RELIGST 370: Comparative Religious Ethics (RELIGST 270)

The difference that the word religious makes in religious ethics and how it affects issues of genre. Theoretical analyses with examples from W. and E. Asia. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Yearley, L. (PI)

RELIGST 371: Writing Religious History

This course offers graduate students a sustained opportunity to think about the craft of writing religious history. We will work together on issues ranging from structuring sentences, to revising an article, to conceptualizing a dissertation. Students will be encouraged to establish a daily writing habit and to formulate clear and searchable research strategies. Readings will include exemplars of different kinds of writing in the field. Students will write and workshop several brief (3-5 page) papers applying different approaches. The final project will be a revision of an article-length paper.
Terms: not given this year, last offered Winter 2018 | Units: 4-5 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

RELIGST 372: Kant on Religion (RELIGST 272)

Critical examination of Kant¿s principle writings on religion against the background of his general theoretical and practical philosophy and guided by the hypothesis that his philosophy of religion continues to offer significant insights and resources to contemporary theories of religion. Recent reassessments of Kant on religion in the secondary literature will also be read and discussed
Terms: not given this year | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

RELIGST 373: Historicism and Its Problems: Ernst Troeltsch, the Study of Religion, and the Crisis of Historicism (RELIGST 273)

Examination of the early twentieth-century historian of religion, philosopher of culture, sociologist of religion, Christian theologian, and philosopher of history, Ernst Troeltsch, within the context of the late nineteenth-century "crisis of historicism," i.e., the historicization and relativization of religious, ethical, social, and political norms. Attention to seminal theorists of history (Herder, Kant, Ranke, Hegel, Nietzsche) in the post-Enlightenment German intellectual tradition and the attempts of Christian and Jewish thinkers in the Weimar era (Barth, Gogarten, Rosenzweig, L. Strauss) to "overcome" the crisis wrought by a radically historical approach to human culture.
Terms: not given this year, last offered Autumn 2013 | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

RELIGST 374: From Kant to Kierkegaard (RELIGST 274)

(Graduate students register for 374. Undergrads register for 274 for 5 units.) The philosophy of religion emerged from the European Enlightenment as a new genre of reflection on religion distinct from both dogmatic theology and rationalist dreams of a "natural" religion of reason. Neither beholden to pre-critical tradition, nor dismissive of what Thomas Nagel has termed "the religious attitude," this new, ostensibly secular, genre of religious thought sought to rethink the meaning of Christianity at a time of immense philosophical ferment. The main currents of religious thought in Germany from Kant's critical philosophy to Kierkegaard's revolt against Hegelianism. Emphasis on the theories of religion, the epistemological status of religious discourse, the role of history (especially the figure of Jesus), and the problem of alienation/reconciliation in seminal modern thinkers: Kant, Schleiermacher, Hegel, and Kierkegaard.
Terms: not given this year, last offered Autumn 2014 | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

RELIGST 374F: Science, Religion, and Democracy (ETHICSOC 374R, PHIL 374F)

How should conflicts between citizens with science-based and religion-based beliefs be handled in modern liberal democracies? Are religion-based beliefs as suitable for discussion within the public sphere as science-based beliefs? Are there still important conflicts between science and religion, e.g., Darwinian evolution versus creationism or intelligent design? How have philosophy and recent theology been engaged with such conflicts and how should they be engaged now? What are the political ramifications? This is a graduate-level seminar; undergraduates must obtain permission of the instructors.
Terms: not given this year, last offered Spring 2018 | Units: 3-5 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
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