Honors | Ideas & Experience II (HON)
H212 | 27429 | Edward Gubar
“What then must we do?” Leo Tolstoy (quoting Luke) asked in 1886,
writing about greed, exploitation, and poverty in the slums of
Moscow. (Not much, he decided.) Men and women have been asking
similar questions about myriad issues since men and women began
asking questions. How should we act? How should we behave? What
standards or schemes should we follow? What ideas, what motives,
what values should govern our actions?
We will see how some important writers, philosophers, artists,
historical figures, and others, mainly from the past two hundred
years, have addressed these questions.
Readings will likely include the Sermon on the Mount, Plato’s Crito,
Darwin, Marx, Tolstoy, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Freud, Said, Berlin,
We may also read a few of the following: Forster’s Howard’s End,
Andre Malraux’s Man’s Fate, Albee’s Zoo Story, Ursula Leguin’s The
Dispossessed, Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael, and Camus’ The Plague.
We may also view a film or two, perhaps Paths of Glory.
Class format: directed discussion.
Required work: A variety of writing assignments including some brief
responses, a few short essays, and one longer essay. No final.
Honors College “H” course
COAS Intensive Writing course