The Ethical Imagination

Summer 2018 (First Session)
Class Size: 25
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Stephen Beck

"The unexamined life is not worth living for a person." So Socrates is said to have stated his central conception of the ethical life. In this course, we will consider the role of  imagination in that examination. We will read some philosophy but focus on works of literature, including works by writers such as Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Virginia Woolf, and Kazuo Ishiguro, to help us understand the role of imagination in living a reflectively tolerable life.  We will write intensively and reflectively about our texts as a way to understand the ethical imagination. In addition to scheduled class meetings, students and faculty will have online seminars at times to be determined.  

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

philosophy, literature, writing


Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 
Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers 25 - 49% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25

Scheduled for: Evening

Final schedule and room assignments:

Advertised schedule:

Tu/Th 6-8:30pm

Located in: Olympia