The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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Department of History and Philosophy at SUNY Old Westbury is looking for adjuncts

The Department of History and Philosophy at SUNY Old Westbury is looking for adjuncts to teach the following courses for the fall of 2013:

HI 2155           Intro to Comparative Religion                      6:30-8:10pm   T/Th

HI 2200           Science in Western Civilization         8:20-10:00pm T/Th

HI 2720           Intro to Philosophy                            1-2:40pm        T/Th

HI 3323           Buddhism                                           2:50-4:30pm   T/Th

Here are the course descriptions:

HI2155 Introduction to Comparative Religion 4 cr.

Considers the nature and origin of religion, elements of religious practice and thought (symbol, myth, the sacred), ways of being religious, and religion as a basis of community. Methods of analysis include ethical, psychological, sociological, historical, and theological. Offered periodically.

HI2200 Science in Western Civilization 4 cr.

A broad, introductory survey of the development of scientific ideas in the West from ancient times to the 20th century, with an emphasis on the major figures and ideas, and key turning points. The course will present selective social and intellectual contexts of science as well as the role of science in shaping Western thought. Offered annually.

HI2720 Introduction to Philosophy 4 cr.

Serves as an introduction to the role of philosophy in human life. Philosophy will be examined in terms of both its analytical and speculative functions. Of concern will be the relation of philosophical insights to certain compelling contemporary issues. Some of the issues discussed will be the nature of knowledge and truth, the relation of values (both moral and aesthetic) to society, free will, and justice and society. Readings will be drawn from classical and contemporary philosophers. Offered every semester

HI3323 Buddhism 4 cr.

This course offers an introduction to the historical, socio-cultural, and philosophical dimensions of Buddhism. It begins with the founding of the religion in India by Gautama Buddha and proceeds to trace its many philosophical trajectories and its multi-cultural history extending throughout Southern and Eastern Asia and beyond. The second half of the semester focuses on the Mahayana Buddhist tradition as a case study in the “attaining of enlightenment” by ordinary individuals, analyzing how this tradition has been shaped by historical and cultural forces as well as how it may apply to contemporary issues in our increasingly globalized world. Offered periodically.


The applicants must have MA in Philosophy. Ph.D. candidates are preferred.


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