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Quest for Meaning

Quest for Meaning

Course Texts & Readings

Course Texts

(available at the Campus Bookstore)

  1. Appiah, Kwame Anthony. (2006). Cosmopolitanism. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
  2. Boo, Katherine. (2012). Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. New York: Random House.
  3. Frayn, Michael. (1998). Copenhagen. New York: Anchor Books.
  4. Kidder, Tracy. (2003). Mountains Beyond Mountains. New York: Random House.
  5. McKibben, William. (2011). Eaarth. Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. St Martin’s Griffin.
  6. Eckerd College. (2013). Quest for Meaning Syllabus. St. Petersburg: Eckerd College. [free distribution in class]


     1.  "Quest for Meaning ( - a TOE?)" by Professor Anne Cox
     2.  "The World of Epictetus" by James Stockdale *
     3.  "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. *
     4.  Faith As Trust by Professor David Bryant
     5.  "Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Speech: Embracing the Ethics of Reinhold"
          by Professor William Felice *
     6.  Readings by Professor Davina Lopez - TBA *
     7.  Readings by Professor Arthur Skinner - TBA *

* Copyrighted material, available on Moodle

Fall Plenary Sessions

Dawn Porter, Director of "Gideon's Army"

10/22/15 Prof. Anne Cox, "Sciences and Our Quest for Meaning"

11/03/15 Prof. David Hastings, "The Natural Environment and Our Quest for Meaning"

11/12/15 Prof. Arthur Skinner, "Art and Our Quest for Meaning"