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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.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
several short papers totaling at least twenty pages
first-years and sophomores
meets 100-level PHIL major requirement