Dec 11, 2023  
2022 Catalog 
2022 Catalog

IDS 232 Great Books: What is Evil and Guilt?

Prerequisite: ENG 102 
3 credits

This course satisfies the IDS CORE requirement. This online Great Books seminar is based on the Socratic idea that one learns best through open-ended questioning and deliberation. Deep timeless questions define this class, like what is the nature of evil and how to harmonize competing points of views for any given action. We explore several important writers, including Tolstoy, Johnson, Musil, Nietzsche, Yourcenar, Coleridge, and Wilde. The online nature of this class makes it very student-centered and highly engaged. Work can be completed anywhere at any time provided deadlines are met, and the topics draw from both the darkness of madness and violence and the hopefulness of redemption and reflection.