PHIL 2160: Philosophy & Literature

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Course Format Lecture 4.0 h + Seminar 0.0 h + Lab. 0.0 h
Credits 3.0

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Philosophy aims to describe the world and our experience within it as accurately and thoroughly as possible, while literature shows some important aspects of human existence by using literary devices like metaphors which force the reader to make subjective interpretations about the writer's messages and intent. In spite of this fact, literature has proven to be a powerful vehicle for philosophical messages. This course will consider both the philosophy of literature, such as what is literature and can subjective interpretations achieve truth, and philosophy through literature, in which we study philosophical concepts through literary works. Students will learn why we love to be scared, why tragedy is so appealing, what an individual's obligations are to herself and the state, etc.

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