of Life and Death
Week 6 (Sep. 27-Oct. 1)
is pain: Schopenhauer’s pessimistic philosophy.
To be discussed: What is Schopenhauer’s understanding of human body and soul? What is human life like? How should we understand the will to live? What is essential to human beings? What defines me as an individual?
Assignment: Course Log entry #2 (due Sept. 29)
Analytic essay on Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe (due Mon., Sep. 27 by 11:59 PM)
Response essay on Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich (due Mon., Sep. 27 by 11:59 PM)
Activity: “Four categories” writing exercise
Assignment: Schopenhauer, “On the Suffering of the World”, pp.
“On the Vanity of Existence”, pp. 51-54 (CR) (due by class time Mon. Sept 27)
“On Affirmation and Denial of the Will to Live”, pp. 61-65 (CR).
“On the Indestructibility of Our Essential Being …”, pp. 66-76 (CR).
Kramer, “Tibetan Attitudes Toward Death”, pp. 70-79 (CR) (due by class time Wed. Sept 29)
Skills & Information:
read for week 7:
Kübler-Ross, “On the Fear of Death”, pp. 15-23 (CR).
“Attitudes Toward Death and Dying”, pp. 25-49 (CR) (due by class time Wed. Oct. 6)
view for week 7:
The Seventh Seal (due Oct. 4)
Assignments for week 7:
Analytic essay on Schopenhauer (due Mon., Oct. 4 by 11:59 PM)
Response essay on Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe (due Mon., Oct. 4 by 11:59 PM)