Is the beloved community local, national, global, or universal? What kind of love is required for the beloved community? Is such a community only an ideal, or can it be actualized in the here and now? Tracing the phrase ‘beloved community’ from Josiah Royce through Martin Luther King Jr. to a variety of contemporary usages, this course provides an opportunity to debate answers to these questions. The course also examines arguments concerning the local vs. the universal, the type of love the beloved community calls for, and what it means to conceptualize community.
In addition to Blackboard interactions, week 5, a Zoom meeting will be held with author Brad Elliott Stone on Thursday evening. In week 6, a Zoom meeting will be held with author Philip Kuehnert on Thursday evening.
Learners are required to obtain this book: Building Beloved Community in a Wounded World by
This course is eligible for 2.0 CEU.
Number of weeks: 8
Required books: Yes
Zoom: Yes, required
Certification or Series: No
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About the Instructor
Jacob L. Goodson (PhD, University of Virginia) is associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Division of Social Sciences at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Dr. Goodson teaches courses on ethics and society, the history of philosophy, and logic, as well as upper-level courses relating to American Philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of religion. He is widely published and has written or co-authored five books, plus multiple articles that reflect on higher education, the philosophy of religion, political philosophy, and on ethics and moral theory. His most recent book is Building Beloved Community in a Wounded World, with Brad Elliott Stone and Philip Kuehnert, published in 2022.