Honors | Ideas and Experience -- Ancient
H211 | 0008 | Burke
4:00P-5:15P TR BH 135
This section is COAS Intensive Writing and requires that you also register
for COAS W333.
In this seminar we will examine the concepts of justice, fairness and
equality. We will begin with Greek ideas of justice as expressed in The
Oresteia by Aeschylus, The Theban Plays of Sophocles, Plato's Republic,
and selections from Aristotle's Ethics. We will consider retributive and
distributive justice in the Bible through readings from the Old Testament
and the New Testament. We will consider the medieval notions of justice
and fairness as expressed in morality plays, and we will read Dante's
Inferno in its entirety. We will study several interpretations of justice
through selected plays of Shakespeare, including Measure for Measure, and
Merchant of Venice. Toward the end of the semester we will read Bertolt
brecht's play Galileo, and Voltaire's Candide.
Some of the questions to be considered throughout the semester are:
--How have the concepts of justice and fairness changed over time?
--What constitutes a 'just' society, and what is our role in that society?
--How can reasonable human beings ensure themselves and others that they
are engaged in building the just society?
--Is a certain amount of injustice and unfairness inevitable?
Grading will be based on three or four short essays that analyze the
different concepts of justice that are found in the seminar readings.