|Philosophy 403-21||Office Hours in RH-436 (445-4489)|
|Heroism and the Human Spirit||M 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.|
|Philosophy Seminar, Summer, 2004||and by appointment.|
|Prof. Michael Kagan||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
Goal: The main purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to develop their own answers to the question, "What makes a person great?" It is hoped that giving students a chance to address this problem while seeing its inter-connections with fundamental philosophical issues will help them integrate their heroic visions into their own philosophies of human existence and/or philosophic religious faith.
Requirements and grading
PRESENTATIONS: For every
presentation, you will be required to turn in an outline or abstract of
your presentation, complete with a list of all works used.
if you use any web pages, not only should these be listed on the
with the rest of your bibliography, but you are also required to turn
a printout of all web pages used in preparing the presentation.
your group divides the work into separate parts, each member of the
will need to provide his or her own outline/abstract and
Outlines/abstracts, and printouts are to be given to me BEFORE
the presentation. Failure to do so BEFORE
presentation will result in a 30% deduction from the relevant
presentation grade. If the outline and printouts are not turned
by the next class, there will be an additional 30% deduction. You
may use up to, but not more than, 5 minutes of videotaped material for
presentation. If the class is meeting in a room with a
VCR, make sure you know how to use it. If you need to bring in a
VCR for the presentation, you may order one from AV by calling 445-4380
or on the web at http://www.lemoyne.edu/information_systems/audio_visual/class.htm
In the event of a technical glitch or delivery problem make sure you can present without the videotaped material.
students are expected to do all readings and to share their
with one another in class discussions and by leading their own and
in other students' presentations on the various readings. Student
on readings begin the second week of class, and will be scheduled
the first week. The subtopics will be divided up into student groups
size will be determined by the class size.
Remember: You have about an hour to present. Focus on the aspects your group finds most interesting and important. Do not try to cover everything. Your presentation will be improved if you make it easier for others to participate. (Please try to help others' presentations by participating!) Please feel free to meet with me to discuss your presentations. If you don't find me on campus, you are welcome to call me at home before 8:00 PM. YOU CAN ALWAYS LEAVE A VOICE MAIL MESSAGE AT 445-4489.
THE PROJECT might involve further investigating the issue of human greatness and heroism, a philosophical essay concerning some related issue of philosophical interest in a work of literature, a creative literary work of the student's own [e.g., a short story, 1st chapter of a novel, & c.], or a philosophical analysis of some related issue present in one of the works we studied, detailing the position[s] set forth in the work, and developing and defending one's own philosophical response.
Required Reading List: (in approximate reading order)Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye.
In coordination with the Academic Support Center (ASC), reasonable accommodations are provided for qualified students with disabilities. Please register with the ASC Office for disability verification and determination of reasonable accommodations. After receiving your accommodation form from the ASC, you will need to make an appointment with me to review the form and discuss your needs. Please make every attempt to meet with me within the first week of class so your accommodations can be provided in a timely manner. You can either stop by the ASC, Library, 1st floor, or call (445-4118-voice or 445-4104-TDD) to make an appointment.
PROJECT Proposals due Thurs., Jul 22. Final presentations (Tues., Aug 3 & Thurs., Aug. 5) . Optional WRITTEN PROJECTS DUE: Tuesday, Aug. 3
LAST DAY OF CLASS - Tues., Aug. 5.
#1 (Tues., July 6)
Introduce course, choose groups and schedule presentations
on readings. In-class writing on childhood heroes.
#2 (Thurs., July 8) Discussion of heroic scripting. Instructor presents on "The Porcelain Salamander." Group work on "The Porcelain Salamander."
*#3 (Tues., July. 13) Students present on Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. SHORT WRITING ASSIGNMENT: What do you like most (or least) about The Bluest Eye" Why? Lecture on self-deception and bad faith. Instructor presents on Card's "The Best Day." The temptation to deny the best and the worst.
*#4 (Thurs., July 15) Students present on Night. SHORT WRITING ASSIGNMENT DUE: What, by the end of Night seems to be the most important? Why? (Note: You may write about one or more people.) Instructor presents on anthropodicy and theodicy; Le Guin's "Those who walk away from Omelas."
*#5 (Tues., July. 20). SHORT WRITING ASSIGNMENT DUE: In the world King describes, one's career is chosen by others at an early age - Which characters in the book resist this choice? How? Students present on Stephen King's "The Body" (in Different Seasons). Students present on Octavia Butler's "The Evening and the Morning, and the Night" (in the Bloodchild anthology) . SHORT WRITING ASSIGNMENT DUE: Who in your experience, is like the people in this story? Have they chosen to do what they do best? Why or why not? Please explain, using examples from the story. Instructor presents on
* #6 (Thurs., July 22) Students present on Anthem. SHORT WRITING ASSIGNMENT DUE: In the world Rand describes, one's career is chosen by others at an early age - Which characters in the book resist this choice? How? Does our society also put some in a position that will keep them from hurting the status quo? If so, how so? If not, why not? Lecture on problem of personal identity. Lecture on "Becker, Childhood, and Scary Stories" Instructor presents on Heroic Myths (Campbell and Raffa) and the twice born. PROJECT PROPOSALS DUE. SCHEDULE PROJECT PRESENTATIONS.
* #7 (Tues., July. 27)Students present on Stephen King's "The Breathing Method" (in Different Seasons). SHORT WRITING ASSIGNMENT DUE: What, if anything, is frightening about this story? Why? Instructor presents on one way of reading King (and other authors). SHORT WRITING ASSIGNMENT DUE: In the world Claude Brown describes, one's future seems decided at an early age - How do different people in the book respond to this? What can we learn from this? Students present on Manchild in the Promised Land. Group work on Manchild in the Promised Land/ Lecture on racism and deception.
* #8 (Thurs., July 29) TWO PART SHORT WRITING ASSIGNMENT DUE: Write a brief description of a friend or a brief story in which the sex of at least one major character is neither stated nor implied. THEN explain which of the people described in the Symposium has a theory about that love you think makes sense of their own life. Explain why. Note: You are welcome to do this within one page if you can, but, for this assignment, the page limit is 3 TYPED pages. Students present on Symposium. Lecture on "Sex and Gender. Lecture on "Possibilities and Practice: The Heroic Task and Self Education." Buber's hasidut and Rebbe Nachman's "The Turkey Prince" (includes group work on Rebbe Nachman's story). In-class writing exercise on future autobiography.
*#9 & #10 (Tues., Aug 3 & Thurs., Aug. 5) Student presentations on final projects (these are to be between 20 and 50 minutes in length, depending on the size of the class, and the number of students presenting). Bring Bloodchild to class. We will work with Butler's "Positive Obsession" & Furor Scribendi," as time permits.