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PHIL 247 Philosophy in Literature • 5 Cr.


Study of philosophical issues expressed in works of world literature. Themes may include the possibility of knowledge, the nature of evil, aesthetic experience, the rationality of religious belief, contemporary moral problems, or identity.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Recognize important philosophical schools of thought as found in literature.
  • Identify different forms of arguments for philosophical positions as found in literature.
  • Articulate and express the positions of the related philosophy schools.
  • Articulate and express the positions of the author.
  • Explain how the philosophy school relates to the literary text.
  • discriminate between their own position and the author’s position on the issue in question.
  • Apply analytic principles (e.g., inductive and deductive reasoning skills) to demonstrate understanding of and evaluate author’s position.
  • Create a position of their own on the basis of their analyses of the author’s position.

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