Rejection of Religion: Secularism in the Modern World
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NREL 3700
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Religious Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences
This course sheds historical light on the concept of secularism as the basis for the study of contemporary political points of contention, such as the spread of religious affairs into the public sphere, the rise of fundamentalism, and minority rights. The class examines and questions the self-image of the West as a secularist society by focusing on various criticisms of this self-understanding---and of the notion of secularism itself. Readings include Kant, Hegel, Carl Schmitt, Karl Lowith, Hans Blumenberg, Talal Asad, and Charles Taylor. NREL 3700 was formerly listed as NPHI2400; it is the same course and cannot be taken twice for credit.
Course Open to: Degree Students