Spring Break Away 2018 Athens
Course: UCOR132 "B35" Basic Philosophical Questions
[Satisfies CORE requirement]
Course: PHIL 269 "B01" Special Topics: The Meaning of Life
[Satisfies College Core requirement]
This course explores the question: "How do we live a meaningful life?" Should we follow reason, or our emotions? Should we
follow God, or should we think things out on our own? Does science or art give us the best access to truth? What do the ancient
Greeks have to teach us about these questions? How are these kinds of questions taken up in the modern world?
What better place to go to consider these questions than to Athens, Greece, where some of the greatest philosophical
questions of Western culture were first asked? We will visit famous temples on the Acropolis like the Parthenon, the Temple
of Athena Nike, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus; we will see the Theatre of Dionysus where ancient tragedies were performed;
we will walk the Agora (where Socrates debated); we will see artifacts from the Bronze age in the National Archaeological
Museum; and we'll visit the site of Plato's Academy. Some additional highlights will be a day trip to Delphi, the site of the
famous religious Oracle, and a day trip to Mycenae, the land of the Homeric heroes.
Professor: Dr. Jeffrey McCurry
Max Enrollment: 20 students
More Information: See Dr. McCurry in Phenomenology
Center, 1st Floor Library
Class Time: T/TH: 3:05-4:20 p.m.