This course is designed for individual study. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments.
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The course is divided into four sections as follows:
(I) History and Identity
(II) The Primacy of Ethics and Inherent Worth
(III) Nurturing Ethical Relationships
(IV) Ethical Action and Social Justice
Begun in 1876 by Felix Adler, Ethical Culture places ethics at the center of our shared human life. It offers people the support of a community of individuals all wishing to live closer to their ideals.
Diverse in many ways, we share a deep respect for the worth of every person, a desire to build social justice, and a commitment to building ethical relationships. As an educational, religious and social justice movement, Ethical Culture stands out as a common sense alternative to the extremism and intolerance of contemporary times. Sometimes called a religion for people who don’t like religions, we encourage free thought and compassion in all our associations.
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This course is currently available only for independent study. If you are interested in participating in this course as part of a group, please let Leader Susan Rose know at susan.rose at eswow.org.
Introduction to Felix Adler is open to those eager to read and discuss selected writings of Felix Adler, the founder of Ethical Culture. No prior knowledge of Adler is required. The course is intended to nurture three things: 1) an appreciation for the roots of Ethical Culture; 2) an understanding of strengths and limits of Adler’s thought; and, 3) an on-going dialogue about the meaning and future of Ethical Culture. We will explore Adler’s perspectives on religion, the spiritual pains of humanity, service, relationships, democracy, as well as probe the deeper meaning behind terms such as “eliciting the best” and “the ethical manifold”. Readings will come primarily from Adler’s works, including The Religion of Duty (RD) and An Ethical Philosophy of Life (EPL). We will also read some critiques of Adler.