SECULAR PLURALISM: MEDIEVAL AND MODERN ORIGINS by Nathan Eric Dickman, 8 Sessions, Friday, September 25 – November 13, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
In this course, we will look at Ibn Rushd’s (Averroes’s) text On the Harmony of Religion and Philosophy and Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise to grasp some early concepts about secular pluralism in medieval and modern philosophy. We will end the course with looking at Eboo Patel’s Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America as a statement of encouragement for further work on pluralism in the US. PDF copies of the book will be made available or class participants can order their own copies through Amazon.
Nathan Eric Dickman (PhD, The University of Iowa) is an assistant professor of philosophy at University of the Ozarks—formerly an associate professor of philosophy and religious studies at Young Harris College. He researches in hermeneutic phenomenology, philosophy of language, and comparative questions in philosophy of religions. He teaches a wide range of courses, such as Critical Thinking, Islam, Ethics, and the Historical Jesus. Over the last ten years, he has published seven peer-reviewed articles specifically on questions, thinking, and dialogue in diverse disciplines—including philosophy, psychology, and education—as well as presented at over sixteen conferences on these same topics.