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Philosophy and Mythology in Plato and Ovid: Thinking Through Myths

HNRS 2030 Sec. 063 - Spring 2022

Dr. Chara Kokkiou Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

Tu Th 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
221 French House

This course embraces a wide-ranging discussion that focuses on ancient and modern myths and their association with philosophy. Inspired by the essentially “magic” and playful qualities of mythology in general, the present course aspires to expand on everlasting themes by viewing them through a philosophical lens. Myths are understood here in the most inclusive way, as composites inherent in various kinds of philosophical and artistic expression. Philosophy and literature (especially poetry) are treated as incorporating equally complex modes of shaping and demonstrating thought. Through close reading of Plato’s and Ovid’s mythical narratives and through discussion of ideas of modern myths and the arguments and the questions raised by prominent moral thinkers the students will improve their critical thinking skills and raise their own big questions.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Humanities