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Humanity, Nature, and Justice in the Modern World (Armon)

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Course Title

Humanity, Nature, and Justice in the Modern World

   
Instructor(s) Chara Armon
Arthur J. Ennis Postdoctoral Fellow
Villanova University
   
Discipline

Peace & Justice

   
Subject(s)

Nature; Justice

   
Description This course studies concepts of reciprocity between humanity and the natural world and explores why these concepts may be vital for the current and future well-being of humans and the Earth. The goal is to trace a long human dialogue concerning peaceful, mutually beneficial co-existence between humans and Earth’s life systems. The dialogue merits consideration because of its deep history in pre-modern and modern thought and its vivid articulation in the recent writings of numerous religious thinkers such as Pope Benedict and the Dalai Lama, along with scientists such as Wangari Maathai, Brian Swimme, and E.O. Wilson. In a time when this idea is sometimes presented as a discovery of recent science, grounding ourselves in its development over time provides robustness to current scientific evidence. Even more important, this thought tradition in both its pre-modern and recent forms reveals how concepts of peace, when understood with the depth provided by the idea of mutual flourishing, may be central to understanding and practicing ecologically sustainable living.

 

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