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Instructor: C.D.C. Reeve. This course meets MW 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. in GC 1015, with a recitation 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), Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (Hackett), 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(Melville House)