PHI3643: Ethics and Literature 3
This course explores the ways in which ethical theory and literature inform one another. We will consider how ethical perspectives are illustrated in works of fiction, and whether fiction itself can be a form of moral philosophy. Students should gain an understanding of several moral theories, develop an appreciation of the importance of fictional narrative to ethical life and theory, and of the potential value of moral philosophy to literary criticism. We will examine both texts in philosophical ethics, by such figures as Sartre, Derrida, and Marth A. Nussbaum, and works of fiction, by such authors as Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, and Philip K. Dick.