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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

COLL-C 103: Dreams Come True
Professor Jacob Emery*
Section 32782 Th 11:15am-12:05pm WH 119


This course examines the points of exchange between dreams (understood broadly as imagination or creative thinking) and their realization in the world. We will look at the basic philosophical problem of whether we can distinguish a world of representation or imagination from a world of things or reality, and what mental mechanisms might make that distinction possible. We will consider the role of dreams, ideas, and the imagination in the most influential architects of modern thought, in spheres including economics, political theory, and the hard sciences.. And we will look to worlds of the imagination -fiction and films- in order to explore the fantasies we share through objects of cultural expression. Readings will include philosophical texts by Nietzsche and Freud; films by Craven and Deren; and literary works by Borges and Carter.

Section 4371
Section 4371