LS 800: Reflections on Reason and Passion I
Fall 2013 | Dr. Stephen Duguid
This course explores a variety of texts that express or reflect upon the human passions and upon the relationship between those passions and the realms of action, will, and reason. While there is some chronological coherence in the ordering of the texts, the primary intent is to examine issues and themes that reflect human experiences, feelings and behaviours.
Following an introduction and a review of contextual issues by the instructors, each week one or more students will be asked to present the salient points or issues (as they relate to passion and reason) raised in one of the readings, followed by general discussion and debate. The week after the class, the student responsible for the animation of the discussion will submit (via e-mail to the class) a two/three page summary of the presentation and the class discussion. In addition there will be two short (5-10 pp) written assignments over the course of the term and students will keep a journal of responses to texts and seminars.
Week 1 Bible, Genesis
Week 2 Plato, Symposium
Week 3 Aristotle, Ethics
Week 4 Sophocles, Antigone
Saturday – Lucretius, On The Nature of Things
Week 5 Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Week 6 Augustine, Confessions
Week 7 Rumi, Love Is A Stranger
Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love
Week 8 Dante, Inferno
Machiavelli, The Prince
Saturday Descartes, Discourse on Method
Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis
Week 9 Montaigne, Apology for Raymond Sebond –
Moliere, The Misanthrope
Week 10 Kant, “What Is Enlightenment"
Rousseau, Origins of Inequality
Week 11 Hume, Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
Week 12 Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women and Travels in Sweden and Norway
Week 13 Anatole France, The Gods Will Have Blood