“Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity. We aim for our fullest possible development and animate our lives with a deep sense of purpose, finding wonder and awe in the joys and beauties of human existence, its challenges and tragedies, and even in the inevitability and finality of death” (Humanist Manifesto III 2003). Contemporary humanism is practiced in both religious and secular communities. While usually associated with rationality, humanists also embrace spirituality in terms of its Latin derivative spiritus meaning “breath” or the breath of life. We also note its use in the words “inspire” and “aspire.” Spirituality has expanded from traditional theology to include mindfulness, awareness, and intention. This course explores the forms that spirituality takes in humanistic philosophy, religion, and communities.
Note: Pass/fail. Cannot be taken for reading credit.
- Professor: Anne Klaeysen