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Philosophy: On the Meaning of Life

PHIL 010 Z1 (CRN: 61518)

3 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: REL 085 Z1

About PHIL 010 Z1

Courses introducing philosophical argument and analysis in a variety of ways. Content, readings and assignments vary by section. Not repeatable for credit. Credit not awarded for more than one Philosophy course numbered below 100, except that credit will be given for PHIL 013 in addition to one other course numbered below 100.


Dates: June 17 - July 12, 2019; Crosslisted with REL 085 Z1; Credit not awarded for more than one PHIL course below 100 except 013

Section Description

This course is meant to be of value to both beginners and to people who have already delved into philosophic questioning and religious life. I want to emphasize that I view all education as continuing education. The greater variety of students and the somewhat more informal setting of Summer Academy make these courses among my favorite to teach. The course will be divided between lecture and discussion. The requirements are simple and straightforward. This syllabus is roughly the one we will pursue. It may seem like a lot of reading, but it is quite doable within the time frame. We will not read the entirety of each book. There will be reading adjustments according to the pace of the class, drawn from the following, some of which we will read in part, others in full. Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Alboom The Death of Ivan Illyich, Leo Tolstoy The Will to Believe, William James Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl I and Thou, Martin Buber Existentialism From Dostoevsky to Sartre, Walter Kaufmann Siddhartha, Herman Hesse Being There, Kosinksy Courage to Be, Paul Tillich

Section Expectation

Grading Attendance and participation . . . . 25% • If you are reluctant to participate in class discussions, students should submit three quotes from the reading and/or class discussion to the instructor at beginning of class, along with two questions. Otherwise, submitting one question per reading assignment is sufficient. Short Quizzes . . . . 25% Papers . . . . 50% • Topics can be of the students’ own choosing or a response to one or two questions to be assigned.




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