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Instructor: David Reeve. This class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. in Global Center 1015, with recitations on Fridays.

The focus of the course is a critical assessment of the attempts made by a series of influential writers and thinkers —some religious, some secular—to understand us, our lives, and our ethical or moral values.

The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, New Revised Standard Version (Any edition will do.) Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Grand Inquisitor (Hackett) Philip Kitcher, Living With Darwin (Oxford) Friedrich Nietzsche, Genealogy of Morals (Cambridge) Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged(Signet) C. D. C. Reeve, Trials of Socrates (Hackett) Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus (Hackett) Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych (Melvill House)

C.D.C. Reeve’s webpage