2020-2021 Catalog 
    Oct 24, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PHIL 310 - Special Topics in Philosophy

What is “truth”? Does it exist in the postmodern world?  Where do morals come from and are they good for us? What is the self? Is there a true self or is the self “fictional”?  How can one live “authentically”? To explore such questions, we will pair off literary and philosophical texts, placing them in dialogue, examining how they interrogate and illuminate one another. Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals v. Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, Sartre’s Being and Nothingness (excerpts) v. Sartre’s No Exit, Lacan’s “The Mirror Stage” v. Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” v. Cixous’s “The Laugh of the Medusa,” Baudrillard’s “The Ecstasy of Communication” v. DeLillo’s Cosmopolis,  Plato’s Republic v. everyone.  (Group III)