Existentialism, Platonism, Pragmatism|
The class will explore three different, classic theories of reality and human beings' place in it, one from ancient Greece (that of Plato), one from modern America (that of John Dewey), and one from modern Europe (Sartre and Camus). Each of these theories provides a broad metaphysics, an ethics, and a conception of politics, art, and religion. Each is mind-opening, and when read in conjunction, provide the basis for discussions of some of the most important questions about what it means to be human.
The broad focus of the course is ethics, and attention will be paid to what this means.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP-Phil Ethic)(SISP-Phil Mind)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYI|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Plato, THE REPUBLIC
Sartre, EXISTENTIALISM IS A HUMANISM; NAUSEA
Camus, THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS; THE STRANGER; THE PLAGUE
Dewey, Various Works.
|Examination and Assignments: |
A number of short papers throughout the semester. Final paper.
|Instructor(s): Fay,Brian C. Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: SQU110; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 19|
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