Honors | Ideas & Experience I (HON)
H211 | 28993 | Richard Burke
Throughout the semester we will consider how authors from Homer to
George Bernard Shaw have answered such questions as “What is a fair
and just society”? “What is the right thing to do”? “What is the
relationship between ‘fate‘ and free will’ in making
choices””? “How do people end up making bad choices”?
We will begin with selected chapters from Homer’s Iliad, followed
by several Greek dramas including The Oresteia, Antigone and Medea.
We will accompany Aeneas in his great journey as described in
Virgil’s Aeneid, and we will accompany Dante and Virgil on their
great journey through The Inferno. From The Bible we will read The
Book of Job, and The Gospel According to Matthew. Shakespeare will
provide us with three visions of “justice and the just society” in
The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, and King Lear.
Finally, we will examine the making of choices in Shaw’s Major
Barbara and The Doctor’s Dilemma.