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Dr. E. McKenzie

Room: 68( New
Arts Block)
Consultation Time: Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m. in Room 68.

Contact No.

927-1641 or 970-2950






PH27A:Philosophy in Literature


Course Description
Works of literature are sometimes representations of philosophical problems as lived experiences and as such provide opportunities for the discussion of philosophy and life. This course is an examination of a number of central philosophical issues as they are reflected in literary works. Among the issues to be examined are the following:

• The question of God and the problem of evil
• Determinism, free will and fatalism
• Freedom and responsibility
• The nature and limits of rationality
• The yearning for miracle, mystery and authority
• The meaning of life and
• The obligation to obey the law


i) Two, one-hour lectures: Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in Room N5
ii) One, one-hour tutorial per week: Either Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. in Room 04
OR Fridays, 1-2 p.m. in Room 35A.

  1. In-course assessment (40%) and a final examination (60%).

    The in-course assessment will comprise the following:
    i) One extended essay (approximately 2500 words) - - 30%
    ii) Tutorial attendance, participation and presentation - - 10%

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