This course will trace the eutopian project for building a better world in european and western cultural and political history from its roots in the bible and plato's republic through to the renaissance and the age of exploration. readings will include genesis and revelation in the bible, plato's republic, augustine of hippo's city of god, machiavelli's the prince, more's utopia, bacon's new atlantis, and various other texts.
PHIL 4310 (WIN): Great Thinkers-
Hannah Arendt: The Human Condition in Modernity and the Origins of Totalitarianism
a Student of early 20th Century thinkers like Walter Benjamin and Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt would set herself apart as a philosopher in her own right as she struggled to make sense of the atrocities of totalitarianism (in such texts as On the Origins of Totalitarianism) within the larger shifts in human experience known as modernity (which she explored in The Human Condition).
PHIL 3317 (WIN): Apocalyptic and Dystopian Descendants
Picking up where PHIL 3316 on the Western Utopian project left off in the Fall, this course examines a number of classic works from the 20th and 21st Centuries as well as current American domestic and foreign policy in order to expose the underlying drives behind a seeming dissatisfaction with the Utopian project in literary and popular culture and further identify the basic assumptions about human nature in Western politics. Readings include: BraveNew World by Aldous Huxley, 1984 by George Orwell, Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut, Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, The Rebel by Albert Camus, and various short stories and news media articles.
ENGL 4342 (WIN)-The Bible as Literature
An in-depth literary study of the Bible, with emphasis on the formal features of narrative, hymn, prophecy, apocalypse, gospel, and epistle. Historical, cultural, and archaeological considerations are included.
PHIL 4380 (WIN)- XL with ENGL 4380: Philosophy of Literature: What is America?
Formulation and critical analysis of philosophical ideas in selected literary works. In this case, works from throughout the literary history of the United States will be selected in order to examine the construction of the concept of America, its mythology of the American Dream, and how it has failed to deliver it. Further, as a Writing Intensive Course, this course will work towards preparing students to write effectively and respectfully about political and cultural topics and themes.