Philosophy and Literature in Western Culture (3) Explores fundamental issues of human existence through the traditions of western literature and philosophy.
PHIL (CMLIT) 006 Philosophy and Literature in Western Culture (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
This course is designed to introduce students to the various interpretive approaches to literature and philosophy. The class will explore key philosophic themes as these are exhibited in imaginative literature, and in doing so will practice both philosophical interpretation of literature and literary treatment of philosophy. The central themes of this course could include, for example, self-knowledge and self-deception; self-isolation, alienation and community; conflict of moral responsibilities; the use and abuse of language; the meaning of art; the ideal of a "simple life;" normalcy and madness. The class will ask such questions as what counts as literature, what purpose it serves, what is the relationship between literature and ideology, and whether a text can be considered independently from what the author wanted to say in it. Students may be graded by a variety of methods, including exams, papers, and individual and group projects. One example might be a collaborative annotated bibliography project, a collaborative position paper, individual evaluations of position papers, and a comprehensive final exam. This course is a non-major General Education Humanities course. It may be used to fulfill minor requirements in philosophy. This course may be used to fulfill an additional-course requirement in either the minor or the major in Comparative Literature, although it is geared primarily towards non-majors. This course will be offered once a year with an enrollment of 25-200 students depending on location. This course deals with literature and philosophy in the western tradition, and thus helps to complete the range of our other courses on western literature, such as Comparative Literature 001 and 002 (survey courses of Western Literature to the Renaissance, and Western Literature since the Renaissance), and Comparative Literature 401W and 402W (upper level chronological courses on Western Literature). This course differs from those however, by its strong emphasis on philosophical texts.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.