Philosophy and Moral Imagination: Literature, Photography, and Film
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NPHI 3571
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Philosophy
  • Literature
  • Visual Culture
How do fictional narratives, visual or verbal, enable us to reach philosophical insights and understandings? They do it by engaging our concrete feelings, imagination, and reason rather than appealing solely to abstract philosophical arguments. In this course, we explore the ways in which responsive and thoughtful engagement with fiction, photography, and film can deepen our philosophical and moral understanding of ourselves and others whose lives are very different from our own. Our approach builds on the work of philosophers such as Martha Nussbaum, Cora Diamond, and Iris Murdoch, who in turn draw from Aristotle, the Stoics, Wittgenstein, and Henry James. Artists and writers such as Teju Cole, Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, John Berger, Tacita Dean, and Colm Tóib´i;n provide some of our source material.
Course Open to: Degree Students