PHL 294 10 Desire, Crisis, and Freedom
Exploration of themes of desire and individual choice in world literature. Select authors offer competing portraits of human desire and the exercise of freedom in response to adversity. Topics include love and desire, meaning in tragedy, divergent views of freedom, and the individual in society. Readings are from Sophocles, Aeschylus, Plato, the Bible, St. Augustine, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Freud, Kafka, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Kobo Abe, and Iris Murdoch.