English 177

Literature and Philosophy


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2016 Zhang, Dora
TTh 2-3:30 Note new location: 200 Wheeler Special Topics

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Description

This class will be organized around three questions that have been of perennial concern to literary writers and philosophers: who are we? What can we know? How should we live? We’ll read a wide range of texts that respond to these questions in different ways, addressing issues such as: the nature of the self, social constructions of identity, truth and lying, faith and uncertainty, individualism and collectivity, power and knowledge, the claims of others (including animals), and the relations between humans and the environment. Along the way we will also think about the intersections between philosophy and literature, the unique constraints and possibilities of each genre, and what it means to read them together.

Sample authors include: Plato, Descartes, Hume, Berkeley, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, Fanon, Arendt, Foucault, Barthes, Montaigne, Mary Shelley, Borges, Kafka, Stevens, Coetzee, David Foster Wallace. (Final reading-list to be determined; may also include film.)

 

Other Recent Sections of This Course

Spring, 2019
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
177/1 Literature and Philosophy Goldstein, Amanda Jo
Spring, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
177/1 Literature and Philosophy: Surveillance, Paranoia, and State Power Saha, Poulomi

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