PHIL 89.001 – FYS: Special Topics

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Instructor: Jennifer Morton. This course meets TR 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. in CW 103.

Topic: The Self: Aspiration and Transformation

Novels, memoirs, and aisles of self-help books attest to our desire to transform ourselves. Yet, the idea of self-transformation is puzzling. If a person decides to embark on a new adventure in the hopes of transforming herself, can she really become a new self or is she merely exhibiting her preexisting adventurousness? What about the aspiring college student who is hoping that college will change him? How can we make sense of his aspiration?  In this class, we will critically examine the idea of aspiration and transformation. Readings for this course will be drawn from philosophy, fiction, and literary criticism.