ENGLISH 403 - Topics in Language and Rhetorical Studies
Fall 2022, Section 001 - The Life of the Mind: Classical Rhetoric and Education
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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What is the purpose of education? What should we learn, and why? Our current debates about curriculum and assessment focus on one outcome of education – to prepare students for participation in civil society and the market. However, our lives as citizens are only one facet of how the classical tradition viewed the life of the mind. As Aristotle said in The Politics, “To be always seeking after the useful does not become free and exalted souls.” This class explores how the classical tradition understood education – as essential training not only for public life and civic engagement, but also for the development and elevation of the body and soul.

Readings will include Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Isocrates, Quintilian, St. Augustine of Hippo, and Moses Maimonides.

Major Requirement: Pre-1642


ENGLISH 403 - Topics in Language and Rhetorical Studies
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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