SPAN-339 Religion/Pol/Ethics in Spain
Fall for 2014-2015
From the coexistence of the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religions in the Middle Ages, to the subsequent radical defense of Catholicism, to the contemporary trend toward secularization, the history of Spain is fraught with tensions among religion, politics, and ethics. Is freedom of thought possible in societies where religion permeates public life? Should the state suppress religious influence? Does this imply loss of moral values? These questions continue to create conflict among nations and cultures today. In this course, we will approach those issues through analysis and discussion of texts by the greatest Spanish thinkers.
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