Selected Topics in Philosophy (PHIL*3350)
Code and section: PHIL*3350*01
Term: Fall 2022
Instructor: Kenneth Dorter
Method of Delivery:
The course will be taught in person.
After beginning with a consideration of the significance of literature from a philosophical point of view, we’ll examine five works to elicit the views they express about the nature and meaning of human existence, and to discover how they do so: Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, Etty Hillesum’s An Interrupted Life, Margaret Laurence’s The Diviners, and T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.
Assignments & Means of Evaluation:
- Either one 2500 word essay (50%).
- Or two 1250 word essays (25% each).
- Final exam (50%).
- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Washington Square Press (ISBN 9780451527158)
- Grene & Lattimore (eds.), Greek Tragedies, Vol. 1, U. Chicago Press (ISBN 9780226035284)
- Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life, Henry Holt (Owl Books), (ISBN 0805050875) – You may have to get this from Amazon.ca or Amazon.com.
- Margaret Laurence, The Diviners, McClelland & Stewart (ISBN 9780735252813)
- T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets. Available online from the library.