PHIL 128
Utopias and Dystopias Spring 2022
Division II Writing Skills

Class Details

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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3547
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
WS Notes: Five 4 or 5 page papers, evenly spaced throughout the semester. Students will receive timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.

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