• Visions of the Afterlife: First Year Seminar syllabus

    Author(s):
    M. Dillon (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Item Type:
    Syllabus
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    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/nhe4-ye14
    Abstract:
    What happens to humans after they die? Are they reborn into another body? Do they enter a spiritual realm? Does consciousness hibernate, only to be reborn in a body at a later date? Or does consciousness simply cease? In this course, we will analyze a range of beliefs concerning the afterlife drawn from world religions, new religions, the humanities and the sciences. Beginning with examples from traditional religions (Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Taoism), the course will turn to religious afterlife beliefs in America. The course closes by investigating ways in which secular disciplines such as anthropology, neuroscience, and philosophy have theorized the survival of human consciousness after death. Exploring these views shows the ways in which afterlife conceptions are conditioned by ideas of the person, cosmos, embodiment, and ethics regnant in a time and culture.
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