Monday, April 17, 2017

Q&A #6: Interpretation

1. Read: Chapters 35-38.

2. Q: What are the proper constraints on the interpretation of literary texts?  Due: Friday, April 28.

3. Please submit Thesis XII essays, if intending to do so, over the next week or so.

Reminder: the annual philosophy (vegan) barbecue is this Friday, beginning at 5.  All are welcome.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Q&A #5, cont. The Cognitive Value of Literature

1. Read Chapters 41-44.
Q: What is the cognitive value of literature?

Due: Wednesday, April 19th.

(reminders: Monday is a holiday, and next Friday the 21st I must cancel class)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Q&A #5: Philosophy and Literature (and Sonya)

Finish reading "Sonya, Silent No More" and "The Ancient Quarrel" (we will discuss these two essays in that order next week).


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Q&A #4 continued

Continue reading "Existentialism" from SEP.  New readings:

"Crime and Punishment as Philosophy": (JSTOR)

"The Ancient Quarrel":

"Sonya, Silent No More." (JSTOR)

Aside from invoking C&P, the specific focus of your essay this week is up to you.  CRITO outlines and research still required.  Due: Monday, April 3.

Also, for those who may be interested, here's a nice discussion of "postmodernism" as a reaction to enlightenment notions of truth, reality, the efficacy of reason, and progress (the instructor, Dan Bonevac, has created a number of useful, clear, and accurate videos, including several on existentialist themes):

Friday, March 10, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Q&A #3: Emotion

1. Read Part V; "Emotion."

2. Q: How can we be genuinely emotionally moved by Raskolnikov's actions?

Due: Friday, March 10.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Q&A #2: Fiction

1. Read: Part IV, Fiction.

2. Q: What is the philosophical significance of fiction?

3. Start reading C&P (in bookstore now!)

(Due: Friday, 2/24.)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Q&A #1: Defining Literature

1. Read: Part II, "Definition of Literature."
2. Begin reviewing the Russian (Cyrillic) alphabet (see links to the left, for example.)
3. Question: What is literature?

You essay, following closely the guidelines of handout QAHO (and related documents), is due in 2 weeks, on Friday, February 3.

("poveseleese"; have fun!)