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Welcome to RELI 151: Deep Ecology: Knowing Place, Spring 2016, with Professor Richard S. Cohen.

The class meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 – 4:50 p.m. in Warren Lecture Hall 2110.

Please consult the upper tabs for information that normally would appear on a printed syllabus: a course description, schedule of readings, information on class policies, grading, and assignments, as well as my office hours and email. I strongly recommend that you read through all these pages at the beginning of the quarter.

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This course explores intersections between religious discourse and ecological discourse by considering texts from both that treat the human world as irreducibly interconnected with more-than-human worlds of nature and “spirit.” Themes include the ambivalence of wildness; the critique of anthropocentrism (human-centeredness); and the question of how religious emphasis on “knowing (one’s) place” can create a sense of either human exceptionality, above nature, or embeddedness, within nature.

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