Honors | Conflicts of Values
H203 | 0006 | Eisenberg, P.


Must a politician, to be effective, or a nation, to be powerful, engage
eventually in unethical actions? Is religion the source of morality, or
can there be conflicts between a person's moral values and her religious
values? These are only some of the questions to be explored in this
course, which will examine cases of conflict between kinds of value and
which will seek to determine whether such conflicts are always resolvable,
at least in principle. The course will consider, among other things, cases
of artistic or political or religious values) and ethical values. The
readings will be drawn both from philosophical and from literary sources,
and will include selections from Plato's Republic, Kiekegaard's Fear and
Trembling, Somerset Maugham's novel The Moon and Sixpence, and Camus' play
The Just Assassins. The final grade will be based on several short papers,
two exams, and class participation.

Readings:
Plato, The Republic, selections
Sophocles, Antigone
Genesis, the "binding of Isaac"; Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
Camus, The Just Assassins

Written Assignments/Grading:
The final grade will be based on (1) regular attendance and participation
in class; (2) two essay exams, including a final exam, (3) two short
essays, each of approximately five wordprocessed pages in length; and (4)
a final paper, of approximately fifteen wordprocessed pages in length.
These items will count towards the final garde in this way:

Participation 15% (To earn the full 15%, you need not only to attend class
regularly, but also to contribute worthwhile questions and comments either
during the class sessions or during my office hours, or by e-mail.)

Note: After the first week, I shall assign to pairs of you students the
little job of introducing a new work by presenting a brief (5-10 minute)
summary of its principal contents.

First Essay	10%
Second Essay	15%
First Exam	10%
Final Essay	30%
Final Exam	20%
Participation	15%