Listed in: English, as ENGL-01
Ben Lieber (Section 01)
This course will study some of the arguments that structure our thinking about contemporary concerns–for example, punishment; animal rights; the right to die. Although we might have strong opinions about these topics, it is nonetheless the case that all of our judgments about the “rightness” of our ideas, feelings, and behaviors can be (and undoubtedly will be) questioned by someone else with very different opinions. The goal of this course is not to discover the “right” way to think about euthanasia or vegetarianism. Instead, we will examine the kinds of evidence and authority, logic and structure that produce strong arguments in favor of thinking one way or another. Readings will include such authors as Kazuo Ishigura, Toni Morrison, George Orwell, Peter Singer, and Charles Johnson.
Preference given to sophomores. Limited to 12 students. Fall semester: Professor Barale. Preference given to first year and second year students. Limited to 12 students. Spring semester: Dean Lieber.
If Overenrolled: Students admitted in consultation with the Dean of Students' office and/or their academic adviser. Preference given to sophomores.