PHIL 158 - Philosophy and Narrative
Summer 2015, Section 201
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Students are strongly advised not to take more than two Philosophy Introductions.
Other Course Info:
Students are strongly advised not to take more than two Philosophy Introductions.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Like philosophy, good narrative encourages the exploration of subtle questions and unseen possibilities. In this course, we’ll consider the way that narrative can inform philosophy, and the way in which philosophy can inform narrative. A large number of media involve narrative, including novels, plays, paintings, film, and even philosophy itself, and we’ll look at many of them. In doing so, we’ll make progress on the following likely topics: the relation between narrative and moral education and/or corruption; the search for meaning in and through art; personal identity; truth in fiction; skepticism; and coping with mortality. Potential works to be read or watched—in part depending on class interest—include: Plato’s Republic (selections) and Phaedrus, Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, Bergman’s Seventh Seal, Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Shelley’s Frankenstein, Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych, Cuarón’s Children of Men, Scott’s Blade Runner, Nolan’s Memento, and Kurosawa’s Rashomon. Philosophers (besides Plato) will potentially include Aristotle, David Lewis, Thomas Nagel, Martha Nussbaum, Derek Parfit, and other contemporary philosophers.


PHIL 158 - Philosophy and Narrative
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201 (LEC)
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TuTh 4:00PM - 6:00PM

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