FALL 2020 Courses
Subject to change. Please refer to InsideND for the most up-to-date, accurate information.
The following courses are directly relevant to the Philosophy, Religion, and Literature minor, and can be taken for course credit in the minor. If there are courses beyond this list which you think are relevant, and for which you would like to receive PRL course credit, please contact Professor Susannah Monta, Director of the minor.
Dante and Aristotle
Shane Duarte & Michelle Karnes
In this course, we will be reading Dante's Commedia as well as works by Aristotle and various ancient and medieval philosophers. Our aim will be to understand the way an Aristotelian worldview informs the Commedia. We will look at the cosmology of the work and how it responds to ancient and medieval theories of the cosmos. We will also investigate the ethics of Dante's famous journey to hell, purgatory, and heaven with a view to identifying its Aristotelian elements. For instance, what is the role of pleasure in the ethical life? What is the highest good of the human being? How should human beings live in such a way as to achieve their highest end? All readings will be in translation.