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University of Wisconsin-Madison Integrated Liberal Studies 205: Western Culture: Political, Economic, and Social Thought I Fall 2007 Instructor: R. Avramenko Course: ILS 205 Office: 201c North Hall Location: 165 Bascom Office Hours: R 2:00 – 4:00 Time: TR 12:00–12:50 TA’s: Sara Rouhi: rouhi@wisc.edu , Colette Smith: colettesmith@wisc.edu , Britta Lindberg: bvlindberg@wisc.edu Objective: The objective of this course is two-fold. First, this course introduces students to the roots of Western political, economic, and social thought. Through a careful reading of canonical texts, the foundational symbols and concepts of Western thought will come to light. Our second objective is to learn how these symbols and concepts can be brought to bear on contemporary problems and how they can inform questions about our own political and personal order. What part, for instance, does honor play in our world? What does a good citizen look like? What is the role of reason? What is the place of violence? What does justice look like? Students are encouraged to keep both these objectives in mind for both discussion sections and their written work. Required Texts: Aristophanes. The Complete Plays of Aristophanes , ed. Moses Hadas (Bantam Classic, 1988). ISBN 0553213431. Aristotle. Politics , transl. T.A. Sinclair (Penguin Classics, 1981). ISBN 0140444211 Augustine. City of God , transl. Bettenson (Penguin Classics, 2003). ISBN 0-140-44894-2. God. Bible . Any edition. Homer. The Essential Iliad, transl. Stanley Lombardo (Hackett, 2000). ISBN 0-87220-542-8. Herodotus. The Histories , transl. de Selincourt (Penguin Classics, 1996). ISBN 0-140-44908-6 Plato. The Republic , transl. Sterling and Scott (Norton, 1985). ISBN 0-393-31467-7. Plato.
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