LS 801: Reflections on Reason and Passion II

Spring 2015  | Dr. Stephen Duguid

LS 801 will begin with a focus on what a selection of classic thinkers in our past have said about reason and passion in relation to 'being', to 'ethics' and to 'action'. The seminar will conclude with a series of readings from more contemporary sources reflecting on modern variations on the same theme. Course requirements include a research paper based primarily on texts used in LS 800/801, seminar discussion facilitation, and active participation in seminar discussions.

Week 1     Aristotle, Politics

Week 2     Marcus Arelius, Meditations

Week 3      Mencius
                   Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

Week 4      Michel de Montaigne, An Apology for Raymond Sebond
                   Rene Descartes, Discourse on Method

Week 5     David Hume, Enquiry Concering the Principles of Morals
                   Immanuel Kant, "What is Enlightenment"

Week 6     Jean Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origins
                   of Inequality 

Week 7      Mary Wollstonecraft, A Short Residence in Sweden
                Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther

Saturday:Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Week 8     Michael Ignatieff, The Needs of Strangers
                  Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto; Preface to the
                  Critique of Political Economy; Theses on Feuerbach

Week 9     Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
                  Albert Camus, The Stranger

Week 10   Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway               
                  Elizabeth Smart, By Grand Central Station I Sat
                  Down and Wept
Guest: Sasha Colby

Saturday: Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species
Guest: Michael Kenny

Week 11   Michel Foucault, I, Pierre Riviere, having slaughtered my

                   Bertolt Brecht, Antigone                

Week 12   Charles Taylor, The Ethics of Authenticity

Week 13   J.M. Coetzee, The Lives of Animals