0952, Honors Mosaic II Humanities Seminar
Section 006/crn 026477
TR 2:00-3:20, Anderson 106
Dr. Paul Crowe (Dept. of Philosophy)
Office Hours: TR 11:00-12:00 and by appointment
Office: Anderson 747
Course Description and Goals
In this course we will be making an intellectual journey. We will be traversing
four major continents of human experience: science, power, money, and the
city/environment. Since these continents are vast, we cannot hope to explore all parts of
them. Instead, we will cut a path across these continents using some famous texts as our
guide. We will also use an array of secondary texts to further explore issues raised by
The course also has the aim of improving your ability to think, read, and write
. In essence, this means moving you beyond simply extracting information from
a text and forming opinions in response to it. Instead of information and opinions, we will
focus on arguments, and do so in two related ways. Firstly, by learning to identify and
analyze the arguments in the texts we read, and, secondly, by learning how transform
your response to those texts into an argument, rather than a merely an opinion or feeling.
Required texts for this course:
The Origin of Species
. Harmondsworth, Penguin Classics,
1985. ISBN 0140432051.
. Trans. and ed. Stanley Lombardo. Indianapolis: Hackett
Publishing Co., 1997. ISBN 0872203522.
Second Treatise of Government
. Ed. C.B. Macpherson. Hackett
Publishing Co., Indianapolis, 1980. ISBN 0915144867.
. Trans. Clarence H. Miller. Yale Univ. Press, 2001.
. The Death and Life of Great American Cities
. Vintage, 1992. ISBN