Great Books

Fall Semester 2018

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The Quest for the Good Life
GRID.2006.A
Wilkie, RodgerM W F10:30AM-12:20PM
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This course is designed to approach the perennial issue of The Quest for the Good Life through the thoughtful reading of some of the greatest works in a variety of disciplines. The texts will include ancient and modern, all selected because they speak to and illuminate this theme. Texts will vary from year to year but will include works such as Aristotle's Ethics, the Bible, Machiavelli's Prince, and Camus' The Plague.

Philosophy and Art
GRID.3406.A
Dinan, MatthewM W F12:30PM-02:20PM
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This course will explore the relationship between philosophy, or the search for wisdom, and art. In particular, it will examine the relationship of human reason and imagination and the degree to which art can serve as a vehicle for truth. Texts may include Euripides' Bacchant, Plato's Protagoras, Aristotle's Poetics, Book of Revelation, Sidney's Defence of Poetry, and Hegel's Aesthetics. Prerequisites: GRID 2006 and GRID 2106.

Capstone Seminar
GRID.4913.A
Cornell, ChristineTH04:00PM-06:50PM
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The capstone seminar in Great Ideas will be an author/work specific course in which students spend an extensive period of time studying the text(s) of a thinker who has greatly influenced the shape of the western world. The author or texts may be ancient or modern, and may be literary, historical, philosophic and/or political in nature.

Winter Semester 2019

CourseInstrDaysTime
Human Nature and Tech.
GRID.2206.A
Cornell, ChristineM W F10:30AM-12:20PM
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This course will study the way in which diverse thinkers have considered the question of human nature. This question will be sharpened with a consideration of the way in which human beings considered as natural beings use and are affected by technology. Texts will vary from year to year, but may include works such as: Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound, Bacon's New Atlantis, Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Grant's Technology and Empire, Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz, Heidegger's The Question Concerning Technology, Shelley's Frankenstein, Gaskell's North and South, Achebe's Things Fall Apart, and Sterling's Holy Fire.

Freedom
GRID.3506.A
Bateman, ThomasM W F12:30PM-02:20PM
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This course will examine the nature of freedom in the context of human life and community. Questions to be addressed will include: To what extent are human beings free by nature? Should political communities promote freedom? What might be appropriate limitations on our freedom? Texts may include Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, Plato's Crito, Aquinas' On Free Will, Shakespeare's Coriolanus, and Hegel's The Philosophy of Right. Prerequisite: GRID 2006 and GRID 2106.

Honours Thesis Proposal
GRID.3903.A
Dinan, MatthewTH06:30PM-09:20PM
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The purpose of this course is to afford students interested in writing an honours thesis the opportunity to develop a thorough proposal, including a substantial annotated bibliography. Students will work closely with their thesis director in developing and writing the thesis proposal. Classes will meet throughout the term to assess progress. Students will be required to present and defend their proposal before their classmates and the faculty of the Great Ideas Programme. Students must complete this course to be eligible for GRID 4906.

Honours Seminar
GRID.4903.A
Staff, W02:30PM-05:20PM
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This seminar will be centred on the intensive study of the text(s) of a thinker who has greatly influenced the shape of the western world. The texts may be ancient or modern, and may be literary, historical, philosophic, and/or political in nature.

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