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HUM 116 Afterlife and the Soul in World Religions

Course Description

This course surveys the concepts of the soul and afterlife in a number of religions, with reflections on philosophy and modern science. Learn about the notions of the soul developed by great thinkers and religious figures—including Socrates, Plato, Epicurus, Jesus, Buddha—and in sacred writings like the Vedas, Torah, Koran, and Bhagavad-Gita. Discuss the interpretations of afterlife in the Bible, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and in various theologies and compare funeral rites in Graeco-Roman, Judaic, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Chinese and other spiritual traditions. Understand what is soteriology and eschatology and learn about the Mesopotamian underworld, Greek Tartarus, and Nordic Valhalla, as well as Hindu concepts of karma and sansara, the Buddhist concept of Nirvana and the Taoist cult of immortality.


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