Philosophical, Aesthetic, and Historical Interpretation

A sophisticated capacity for interpretation is a necessary condition for understanding the world and one’s being in the world.

Interpretation is a primary way of finding and creating meaning in our lives, and of apprehending the complexities and wonder of being human. Exploring the knowledge and ways of thinking associated with philosophical, aesthetic, and historical interpretation develops critical consciousness, and builds essential foundations for ethical and responsible action. These outcomes foster familiarity with notable texts, creative works, methods of interpretation, and an awareness of diverse ways of knowing and living in the world. They promote critical inquiry, imaginative thinking, and historical consciousness as lifelong paths to understanding and taking account of views, cultures, and personal experiences different from one’s own.

Buddha statue in temple in cave

Philosophical Inquiry and Life’s Meanings

Philosophical inquiry asks such questions as: What can I know? What should I do? What may I hope for?

View Courses

Stained Glass Fibonacci

Aesthetic Exploration

Through words, images, sounds, and built environments, literature and the arts explore complex human feeling and thought in a search to discover, create, and express meaning.

View Courses

Cloister in Le Puy-en-Velay - France

Historical Consciousness

Whether deciding which business strategy to adopt for the next quarter, which candidate to favor in the next election, or how to lead our personal lives, we all interpret the evidence of the past and craft historical narratives.

View Courses