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Asceticism: Self-Discipline in Comparative Perspective

Course Level-Format:   undergraduate
Instructor: Jessica Starling
Institution: Lewis and Clark College

Course Term: Fall
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A 2017 course by Jessica Starling examines “acts of self-discipline in a variety of cultural contexts, including Eastern (Jain, Hindu, Buddhist), Western (Stoic, Christian mystic), and modern secular (eco-activism, fasting diets, and extreme exercise regimes)” and through this “various understandings of the self, the body, desire, liberation and virtue.”