Religion & Philosophy
Blair’s religion and philosophy courses are designed with the goal of educating the whole student—mind, body and spirit. To this end, students may select from among nine one-semester courses that span a wide range of unique academic topics and inquiries. Except for postgraduates, all students at the School are required to take one of these courses during their time at Blair.
While academically rigorous, religion and philosophy courses involve assessments that cover a breadth of styles and allow students to reflect very personally on significant life issues. The curriculum presumes no creedal commitments and endorses no particular religious or philosophical stance. Generally speaking, our course offerings seek to teach students material that is provocative and challenging, even while it is potentially encouraging and grounding as we study the most influential voices in philosophical and religious history.
Finding ways to express our individual understanding of the world in order to invite conversation rather than foster antagonism is a singular goal of the department, as is promoting healthy practices of mind, body and spirit. This includes coordinating with the Thursday Chapel and Sunday Vespers programs when appropriate to introduce traditions from among the student body.
We introduce intellectually stimulating and existentially enlivening ideas that encourage students to think through what a meaningful life looks like and how one might best attain it.
THE REV. LISA DURKEE, RELIGION & PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT CHAIR