The Meaning of Life and Intellectualism

Instructor: 
Kyle Benton
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course also fulfills the HU general education requirement

What do you like to think about? What questions are recurrent in your mind? Finding meaning in life starts with finding meaning in thinking – concerning both what we know and how we come to know it. In considering both the lens we inherit (Facticité) and those we acquire from our world (milieu) we will first begin to contemplate the relationships between the socialized individual and culture. Then, by synthesizing historical texts that analyze existence, consciousness, faith, doubt and other theo-philosophical concerns, we will uncover the classic value systems of Western Civilization. Finally, we will “re-read” aspects of contemporary society and our current values of economic, political and ecological systems. We will use these readings, our class conversations, and other assorted texts to segue to interdisciplinary points of departure striving towards pragmatic solutions. Within the context of a budding century, research should reveal how our societies are yielding new standards morally, aesthetically and culturally.