English 250

Research Seminar: Theory, Secular and Post-secular

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2006 Nealon, Christopher
Nealon, Christopher
Tues. 3:30-6:30 201 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

"Schleiermacher, On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers

Kierkegaard, Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard

Durkheim, Elementary Forms Of The Religious Life

James, Varieties of Religious Experience

Sartre, No Exit & Other Plays

Russell, Why I Am Not a Christian

Derrida, Acts of Religion

Agamben, The Time That Remains: A Commentary On The Letter To The Romans

Conolley, Why I Am Not a Secularist"


"Do we still live in a ""secular era""? Did we ever? By what gestures has ""the secular"" become an unmarked or habitual term? This course will offer one genealogy of secularism in the west -- we will trace the articulation of its terms in philosophy, criticism, and ""theory"" -- beginning with Kant and turning, at term's end, both to contemporary ""political theology"" and to political writing on religion and secularism today. "

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