Introduction to Felix Adler
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.