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Love, Prophecy, and Social Criticism
This course examines competing philosophical and theological accounts of love, justice, and prophetic criticism. It also explores the roles, aims, and ethics of prophetic speech in public discourse. We begin by examining three related, but distinct approaches to the ethics of love. The first is philosophical, the second is Augustinian, and the third a democratically-inspired ethic of care of self, other, and world. The middle section of the course focuses on the ethics of prophetic practices and role of social criticism in the public sphere. We conclude by examining the form, content, and methods of courageous exemplars working within and against various black prophetic traditions.
Students are expected to prepare carefully for sessions, participate actively in discussions, make a brief presentation, and submit two essays. The first paper assignment will be approximately 5-7 pages in length and taken directly from the assigned readings. The second is a bit longer (15-20 pages in length) and may require the student to engage additional materials.