What is the meaning of life? How does philosophy, film, and music depict these critical issues that can effect us all? That is what this course wants to investigate.
The famous text, Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes will introduce us to the world of being a philosopher. We will read and analyze this first modern book of philosophy and the first book to treat matters of life, death, and resurrection in the modern style. We'll then take this philosophical base and examine the very same topic in the film Vertigo, by the infamous director Alfred Hitchock. The film takes a markedly different vantage point than our previous readings. Building further our perceptions, we will watch, listen, and replay Erich Wolfgang Korngold's The Dead City, a masterpiece of early expressionism and, at the same time, a widely accessible, philosophical reflection on what it is to live, how the prospect of death affects our lives, and the possibility of significant rebirth or resurrection.
This seminar will allow a chance to construct an intellectual setting in which students can organize their own learning through thinking ahead activities; small group interactions; temporary partnering; developing roundtable presentations and discussions; composing philosophy books; interviewing a local philosopher, film maker, or operatic artist; as well as the writing, viewing, listening and analysis of material covered in class.
Catalog Information: COLL-S 103 FRESHMAN SEMINAR IN A & H