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Political Courage and Time
CHUM 316 SP
What is courage, and how does it relate to hope and fear? Courage involves acting well in the face of danger to the self: how do we react to fear of danger, and is hope necessary to act well? We will read classical
of Greek and Jewish political thought to see how courage developed from a military quality to a civil or political virtue, and then to a philosophic or religious one. Are present-oriented people the most free to act?
is courage's relation to concepts of time? We will study Christian and modern secular interpretations to see whether a strong sense of the future or the past limits courage or empowers it. Throughout, we'll be focusing
on courage in politics and its possibilities today.
Plato, REPUBLIC, LACHES
Hebrew Bible, DEUTERONOMY (parts), JOSHUA, I, II SAMUEL, ESTHER
Maimonides, ETHICAL WRITINGS
K. Marx & F. Engels, COMMUNIST MANIFESTO, and Marx, "Value, Price &
F. Nietzsche, H. Arendt
E. Husserl, PHENOMENOLOGY OF INTERNAL TIME-CONSCIOUSNESS
M. Heidegger, "Time and Being"
M. Walzer, REVOLUTION OF THE SAINTS
N. Levin, WHILE MESSIAH TARRIED
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Class presentation and short paper; midterm paper (5-7 pp.); term paper (10-15 pp.)
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
Some background in social and political theory--from GOVT, PHIL, CSS, COL, HIST, RELI, SOC, ANTH, ENGL-- is helpful.
Gen Ed Area Dept:
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- Instructor(s): Schwartz,Nancy L.
- Times: ....R.. 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: PAC104;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 14)
- SR. major: 5 Jr. major: 5
- SR. non-major: 2 Jr. non-major: 2 SO: 0 FR: X
- Curricular Renewal: Ethical Reasoning
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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