Middlebury

PHIL 0286

Philosophy & Literature

Philosophy and Literature
In this course we will explore the border both separating and joining philosophy and literature. How does literature evoke philosophical problems, and how do philosophers interpret such works? How does fiction create meaning? Beginning with Greek tragedy, we investigate Plato’s “quarrel” with, and Aristotle’s defense of, poetry. Then we will turn to modern works, mostly European, on topics such as: tragedy and ethics; style and rhetoric; author and reader; time and temporality; mood and emotion; existence and mortality. Literary readings after Sophocles will be selected from Borges, Calvino, Camus, Kafka, Tolstoy, and Woolf. Philosophical readings after Plato and Aristotle will be selected from Bergson, Danto, Freud, Murdoch, Ricoeur, and Nussbaum. Not open to students who have taken PHIL/CMLT 1014 or FYSE 1081.
Subject:
Philosophy
Department:
Philosophy
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
EUR LIT PHL
Equivalent Courses:
CMLT 1020
PHIL 1020
CMLT 0286
CMLT 1014
FYSE 1081 *
PHIL 1014
LITP 1063
PHIL 1063

Sections

Fall 2020

PHIL0286A-F20 Lecture (Woodruff)

Fall 2018

PHIL0286A-F18 Lecture (Woodruff)

Fall 2016

PHIL0286A-F16 Lecture (Woodruff)

Fall 2015

PHIL0286A-F15 Lecture (Woodruff)