Spring 2024 History UN3268 section 001

The Critique of Curiosity

Call Number 14860
Day & Time
R 10:10am-12:00pm
402 International Affairs Building
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required Instructor
Instructor Mark Lilla
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

“All persons desire to know,” Aristotle declared in his Metaphysics.  But given that not all desires are good ones, the question naturally arises whether curiosity is.  In the era of modern science and education, we tend to take this for granted.  But for centuries – also well before Aristotle – people have concluded just the opposite. Their reasons have been various: religious, psychological, philosophical, pragmatic.  In this junior seminar we will examine select thinkers in the stream of Western thought that has questioned the value of curiosity and, more fundamentally, of knowledge itself.

Web Site Vergil
Department History
Enrollment 7 students (11 max) as of 2:06PM Saturday, July 20, 2024
Subject History
Number UN3268
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
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Section key 20241HIST3268W001