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GERMAN 385 A: Rhetoric and Social Justice

Sympathy for the Devil: The Rhetoric of Compassion

Meeting Time: 
MWF 12:30pm - 1:20pm
THO 101
Joint Sections: 
PHIL 301 A, C LIT 357 A
Ellwood Wiggins

Syllabus Description:

Sympathy for the Devil: The Rhetoric of Compassion

Is compassion the foundation of human morality or a dangerously unreliable emotion? This course explores how different media foster empathy for commonly held enemies or discriminated groups. The syllabus runs from Ancient Greece to depictions of Nazis and terrorists in modern film. Half of our readings are in moral philosophy, while the plays, stories, and films serve as an experimental field to evaluate the philosophers’ claims about compassion. This course engages in team-based learning.

Readings and discussions in English.



Additional Details:

Offered jointly with PHIL and C LIT

Catalog Description: 
Analyzes the rhetoric of social justice, with special attention to the advancement of civil rights, tolerance, diversity, and environmental justice, and multiculturalism. Readings and discussions in English.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:04pm