Spring Break Away 2020 Athens

Course: UCOR132 "B21" 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 will 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 Homeric heroes.

Professor: Dr. Jeffrey McCurry

Prerequisites: None

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.

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