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PHIL 375 Philosophy and Literature

Philosophical issues in works of literature or arising from theories of literary interpretation. Topics include issues relating to relativism, the nature of morality, free will, personal identity, the nature of the emotions.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
PHIL 375 001Web-Oriented Course2 Mon Wed Fri14:0015:00

This course will proceed asynchronously, but with opportunities available for those who wish to meet synchronously for one-to-one office hours and small group meetings. There will be short video segments posted each week to introduce the week's texts and/or writing prompts, and students will be expected to contribute substantially to discussions of the week's topics using online forums. Participation in these discussions is not graded, but making at least a few contributions every week is a necessary condition to pass the course. Assessment is via coursework (essays and philosophical writing).

PHIL 375 901Web-Oriented Course1 Tue Thu18:0019:30

"Philosophy and Literature" addresses philosophical issues in works of literature or arising from theories of literary interpretation. Topics include issues relating to relativism, the nature of morality, free will, personal identity, and the nature of emotions. This course in particular will be about the question of what the interpretation of texts and the methods associated with interpretation (hermeneutics) can teach us about more general philosophical questions such as metaphysics, scientific method, moral responsibility, and personal identity.

COVID-19 notice: The instructor will provide asynchronous lecture material for each reading. Students will be assessed about these materials in the assessment quizzes. Furthermore, once a week there will be a synchronous tutorial session online, which you can either attend or for which you can submit an audio question asynchronously. Attendance at the tutorial OR submission of an audio question count towards your attendance grade. The tutorials are not meant for new lecture material, but for question and answer sessions with the instructor. This course is designed to accommodate students who cannot attend online meetings. The tutorials, which are online meetings, do not require attendance as they will be recorded and audio questions can be submitted in lieu of attendance. All lecture mat and ~

erials will be provided so students can access them at their convenience. However, students must have the capability for one online meeting: the final exam interview with the instructor.