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The Anthropology of Evil
This course is an inquiry into how to define evil, followed by a study of its symptomatology, etiology, and epidemiology. Evil will be examined from sociological, psychological, biological, and theological perspectives. Both personal evil and evil done by groups, tribes, and nations will be considered. We will entertain the question of when human moral evil arose and what its history has been. We will attempt to account for the evil of both psychopaths and ordinary, law-abiding citizens. Topics will include narcissism, careerism, good and bad values, and our penchant for thinking in abstractions. Finally, we will ask if evil can be prevented.
Stephen Kennamer is a lifelong educator in the humanities who has taught OLLI courses on the anthropology of evil, the existence of moral truth, the philosophy of Robert Pirsig, Greek drama, Freudianism as a gnostic religion, the poetry of Emily Dickinson and John Keats, the novels of Jane Austen, and the meaning of music.
Aside from readings taken from current events, the main requirement is a willingness to discuss the topic.
|B302||Stephen Kennamer||Apr 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30||We||11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.||Meadows Presbyterian Church||WL|