LREL

3004

Theorizing Religion

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Religion

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Theorizing Religion

Fall 2018

Taught By: Mark Larrimore

Section: A

CRN: 1699

Credits: 4

What is "religion"? As students read classic answers to this question, they explore the curious fact that while "religion" is a modern western concept (born, perhaps, in 1799), most of what is studied in the field of "religious studies" is non-modern and/or non-western. We will follow three intertwining story-lines through the history of "religion" and its study in the west: religious apologetics, critiques of religion (epistemological, historical, ethical), and Europe's encounters and entanglements with the rest of the world, especially during the heyday of colonialism. A critical understanding of "religion" and its implication in modern and postmodern understandings of politics, ethics, gender and progress can make this Eurocentric concept a vehicle for profound critique and an opening to genuine dialogue.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Religion (LREL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:51pm 11/15/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 3:50pm - 5:30pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 259

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/17/2018