Texts from philosophy, theology and cultural studies provide ways to explore what it means to be a ‘self’ in a techno-scientific age. Is there a distinctive spiritual sensibility that forms self-hood? Is the self reducible to a construction of nature, culture, and society? Does the self transcend all its constructions? How free or bound is the self in relation to others and its own history? Is our sense of self dependent on relationship with others? Can our stories of self-identity become raw material for doing theology? Finally, can we still become selves today in the face of overwhelming complexity and pressures for conformity?
Prerequisite: Introduction to Theology (T-300) or equivalent.