PHIL 128
Utopias and Dystopias Spring 2017 (also offered Fall 2016)
Division II Writing Skills
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The touchstone of our course will be Plato’s Republic: the first and perhaps greatest Utopia as well as perhaps the greatest work in political philosophy. We will prepare for the Republic by reading two Socratic dialogues: the Euthyphro and the Meno. After several weeks on the Republic we will turn to Shakespeare’s last play: The Tempest. From there it is a natural transition to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. We will continue with B. F. Skinner’s Walden Two, and finish by comparing the dystopias of the first book and first film of The Hunger Games.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3782
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short papers totaling at least twenty pages
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-years and sophomores
Unit Notes: meets 100-level PHIL major requirement
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills

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