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Philosophy and Literature

PHIL 210 (4  credits)

In this course we will explore the dialogue that has existed between philosophic and literary discourse since antiquity. Readings from classical thinkers such as Sophocles, Aristophanes, and Plato will be complemented by works by Bacon, Shakespeare, Goethe, Wallace Stevens, Woolf, and Nietzsche. In this course students will develop a better sense of the literary aspects of philosophic texts and the philosophic depth achieved by great works of literature. Students should also be able to perform basic explications of philosophical and literary works.