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If brain function was irreversibly lost even if lungs and blood still pump by mechanics- Harvard definition What is death? Veatch’s four possibilities: - Irreversible loss of the flow of vital fluids”; - “Irreversible loss of soul- an essence that drives the human body”; - “Irreversible loss of brain functions (including self-regulation)- Harvard definition ”; - “Loss of capacity for social function due to the irreversible loss of higher-brain functions” (summarized from Sumegi, Ch. 1).- ties back to what dies – how do we tie ourselves to others- once we cease to engage others we are no longer human in a salient way and dead What happens after death? How are the living meant to respond? Course focus
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This semester, we will explore the answers to these questions that have been proposed in a variety of religious traditions, paying particular attention to three elements: - Religious teachings- formalized teaching or religion - Religious narratives- told by those in religion who participate in the religion - Rituals Religious studies as a discipline Interdisciplinary - The comparative project - In areas of biological things like death we can compare between religions- culturally it is much more different and we can’t say some are more advanced than others - Appropriate application to death - It can show boundaries Religious Studies =/= theology - theology is the study of religion from inside (they have faith)- religious studies is not Phenomenology of religion - ASK OR LOOK UP Epoché (bracketing) - attitude of purposeful non- judgement - Focusses on the claims and how the influence peoples lived experiences (we don’t judge whether or not its true or how it would come to be) - Don’t ask if it’s a true experience just ask whether it was an important experience at the time Studying religious doctrine - Explaining death invokes: cosmology, ontology, theology, soteriology, morality (and more) Cosmology - the study of the universe – how the universe is structured to them Ontology - the study of what it means to exist- what are the traits of worldly characteristics that make us exist Monistic world view- one fundamental principle of existence (scientific materialism- everything that exists is due to the brain and that is it nothing outside it) Dualistic- two fundamental principles which are mind and matter – understanding the ontological nature of reality Theology - How are gods understood? Soteriology - the theory of salvation – the notion of Christ as a savior in Christianity Morality
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Studying religious stories - Telling stories and discourse communities Discourse communities - Group of people that share common rhetorical goals and have a shared vocabulary that can allow them to know whether someone else is a part of that community with them - Ex- if he talked about d-20 or armor class its clear he plays D AND D- they have their own vocab and a way to communicate - They share something that allows them to connect - In the past it was much more difficult to communicate or connect to others than it was today- if you wanted to share something and made sure its important it has to be shared, written and re-shared- it shows us what they found to be most important and about the context, interests and cares about the people that lived in that community -
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  • Winter '17
  • Angela Sumegi
  • Van Gennep

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