There are many philosophers and playwrights who have worried about the meaning of life. Although they take different approaches to considering the meaning of life, both groups have much to offer us in the ways we think about the meaning of life, how to live meaningfully, our purpose and what we want out of life. This semester, we shall consider philosophers, playwrights and characters in their plays, who consider the meaningfulness of life based on God, religion or spirituality; those who believe that meaning can be found without religion in a variety of different ways, such as in purpose or happiness; and even some who believe that life is in fact meaningless. Considering and discussing the characters, relationships and given circumstances in plays produced by the Department of Theatre and Dance as well as the contributions of thinkers and philosophers throughout history allows students to examine the relationships between art and the individual, culture and society, while considering life's most important questions. Ideally, students will: grasp the ideas explored in greater depth, be more engaged during the classroom discussions and become more active within the Buffalo State community.
PHI 110: The Meaning of Life
THA 106: Introduction to Theater Arts
CWP 102: College Writing II
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