The Ethical Imagination
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Summer 2018 quarter (First Session)
"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.
Fields of Studyliterature philosophy writing
philosophy, literature, writing
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