The Ethical Imagination

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Summer 2018 quarter (First Session)

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"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.  

Program Details

Fields of Study

literature philosophy writing

Preparatory For

philosophy, literature, writing


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Tu/Th 6-8:30pm

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning 25 - 49% Delivered Online