Religion & Philosophy

Overview

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.

Meet the Faculty

Meet Blair's Religion & Philosophy Department

Lisa Durkee

Lisa Durkee

Titles: Chaplain, Department Chair
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Robert Hanson

Robert Hanson

Titles: Faculty
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Ryan Manni

Ryan Manni

Titles: Director of Vocal Music, Faculty
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Sarah O'Neil

Sarah O'Neil

Titles: Faculty, Health/Wellness Education
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John Redos

John Redos

Titles: Faculty
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Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas

Titles: Faculty
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Courses

  • Religious Music of the World
  • Human Rights
  • Introduction to Ethics: The Art of Living
  • Morality & the Modern World
  • World Religions: Visions of Transformation
  • Gandhi & Non-Violent Revolution
  • Meaning & Media
  • Religious Themes in Modern Literature
  • Mind, Body & Spirit

Beyond the Classroom

  • Thursday Chapel
  • Christian Fellowship
  • Jewish Student Union
  • Perspectives Club
  • Philosophy Club
  • Service Corps
  • Interfaith Council
  • Healthy Relationships Committee
  • Sunday Evening Reflection
  • Christmas Vespers
  • Annual service trips to destinations such as St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis

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