This course is devoted to close reading of one of the philosophical masterpieces of the Western tradition. The ETHICS is of genuine contemporary interest, with its metaphysics that combine materialism with theism, its philosophical psychology that anticipates Freud, and its attempt to reconcile human freedom with a belief in scientific explanation. This is a difficult, vast, profound work that requires and will repay close study.
Ethical Reasoning, Interpretation
Ethical Reasoning: The explanation is obvious.
Interpretation: Spinoza's ETHICS presents readers with difficult interpretative problems. Students will explore these problems and develop their interpretative skills.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(ENVS)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
An independent in-depth study of the Ethics itself; in addition, a number of modern interpretations of it by leading Spinoza scholars.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly introductory essays that will be used as the basis for class discussion. 10 page final paper.
|Instructor(s): Fay,Brian C. Times: .....F. 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: RUSLSEM; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 0||SO: 0||FR: 0|
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