Estudiantes de grado, tanto estudiantes regulares de la UCC como estudiantes internacionales de programas no formales. El curso se dicta en ingl├ęs, sin costo para alumnos UCC, en el marco de las actividades desarrolladas por la Casa de la Mateada
This class represents a semester
» long inquiry into the moral, philosophical and spiritual meaning of practice in everyday life. Drawing on the work of philosophers, theologians and critical social theorists (e.g. Pierre Hadot, Michel de Certeau, Pierre Bourdieu, among others), we will consider the meaning of everyday practice
» from ordinary, mundane practices such as working, cooking, gardening, and walking (the "arts of doing") to more specialized, ritual practices such us contemplative practice, accompaniment and participation in civic and political life
» in relation to a larger set of questions concerning the nature of spiritual experience, the meaning of ethics and justice and the means of creating a more just society.
» Students will develop a capacity for reflecting critically on the fundamental meaning of practice, as a way of being and as a dimension of consciousness drawing on the disciplines of practical philisophy and Christian spirituality.
» Students will learn to reflect critically on what it means to integrate intentionaly or awareness into ordinary activities (as part of the work of learning what a practice is and can be).
» Students will learn to form critical judgement about the relative meaning and value of disciplined practice (whether spiritual, artistic, social or political), undertaken repeatedly, over time. What kind of transformation does such practice make possible? in behavior? in thought? What is the significance of shared practice? How does such practice reshape the identity of a community?
We begin exploring the idea of ┬┐practical philosophy,┬┐ and its importance for developing a coherent ethical orientation to life. Attention will also be given to the question of what it means to begin philosophical reflection with practice (Levinas┬┐s ┬┐First Philosophy┬┐).
Spiritual Practice: ┬┐Contemplative in Action?┬┐
We begin considering the idea of ┬┐spiritual practice,┬┐ as it has been developed in the Christian spiritual tradition (not simply spirituality as a quality of awareness or a dimension of life, but also something that arises from and in turn informs concrete practices).
Learning to Die: ┬┐Memento Mori┬┐
Here examine what may be the central practice in both philosophy and spirituality: ┬┐memento mori:┬┐ attention to the day of your death. Sustained attention to your mortality, has been understood, in both philosophy and spirituality, as a doorway into a heightened awareness of the meaning of existence and how to live with purpose and vitality [Evagrius: ┬┐Always keep the day of your death before you and there will be no fault in your soul.┬┐].
The Art of Attention: Learning to See
Here we consider the idea of attention as a contemplative-philosophical practice. What does it mean to understand the work of paying attention as part of a sustained spiritual practice? Also as part of an ethical commitment to ┬┐always keeping the face of the Other before you┬┐? What are the consequences of failing to pay attention, of falling into a habit of inattention--to the other, to the world, to God?
Here we will reflect on the idea of embodiment in Western philosophical and spiritual traditions, with particular attention on the various ┬┐dualisms┬┐ that have emerged and the consequences of living with a split between body and soul, or body and mind. We will also examine some of the most important efforts┬┐both philosophical and theological┬┐at reintegrating the `split┬┐ between body and soul.
The Art of Walking:
Here, we reflect (beginning with Michel de Certeau┬┐s classic essay ┬┐Walking in the City┬┐) on the ┬┐art of walking.┬┐ For de Certeau, the simple act of walking through a city was understood as a philosophically and spiritually rich practice, something that could help a person locate himself or herself in the world more fully, help us reclaim our own agency in the world.
Here, we will explore the importance of place in shaping human identity: the importance of home and homecoming as well as the reality of exile and placelessness.
The Practice of Memory:
This class is focused on the question of what it means to remember, and how the practice of memory figures into philosophical thought and contemplative practice.
Accompaniment, Solidarity and Community:
Here we will consider what it means to practice accompaniment and solidarity. This is an essential question in the Casa program and touches on fundamental ethical-spiritual commitments that underlie all our work together.
The Practice of Love:
What does it mean to love? Not only to dream about it but to practice it in daily life. And not only in the usual guise of romantic love (important as this is) but also in self-sacrificial love, in the way of love that holds the face of the other always before us.
1. Regular attendance and thoughtful, engaged participation in class. Students may be absent for one class without penalty. Further absences will have an impact on the final grade. 10%
2. Two short papers, approximately five pages in length. (Due March 26th and May 7th). 40%
3. Final project, (a) a paper, approximately ten to twelve pages in length; and (b) a `Cowbird┬┐ assignment (instructions to follow) (Due May 28th). (50%).
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Dr. Fonti, Diego Osvaldo (Disertante )
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