of Life and Death
Week 4 (Sep. 13-17)
good death: what common folk know about dying (and living).
To be discussed: How is death a different experience for peasants than for the well-to-do? What could make the experience of death less terrible?
Activity: Library orientation. (Wed. Sept 15) Meet in King Library room 217 at class time.
Assignments: Course Log entry #1 (due Sept. 17)
Analytic essay on Nagel, "The Absurd" (due Mon., Sep. 13 by 11:59 PM)
Assignment: Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, pp. 92-end. (due by
class time Mon. Sept 13)
Ariès, “Tamed Death”, pp. 7-14 (CR) (due by class time Mon.. Sept 13)
Skills & Information:
read for week 5:
Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe, III.26-95, 135-176, 323-336, 418-475, 622-632, 795-1094. (CR) (due by class time Mon. Sept 20)
for week 5:
Visit instructor’s office hours (or make an appointment) by Fri., Sep. 24.
Analytic essay on Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich (due Mon., Sep. 20 by 11:59 PM)
Response essay on Nagel, "The Absurd" (due Mon., Sep. 20 by 11:59 PM)