New Haven

New Haven

 

JANE AUSTEN: FOUR NOVELS

Professor Traugott Lawler

Rose Alumni House, New Haven, CT 

Of Jane Austen’s six novels, the course will read and discuss Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion, in the order in which she wrote them. Professor Lawler recommends the Penguin Classics editions, because they have good introductions and notes, a pleasing page, and feel good in the hand. 

 

PHILOSOPHICAL ARGUMENTS IN BIOETHICS

Professor Stephen Latham

Rose Alumni House, New Haven, CT 

This course will approach contemporary issues in bioethics by teaching students about certain common forms of argument that are used again and again in debating the ethics of cutting-edge biomedicine. We will learn the basic structure of a number of different arguments, and see how they’re applied to bioethics issues. Arguments to be discussed include “slippery slope” arguments, the Doctrine of Double Effect, the distinction between Doing and merely allowing, arguments about “personhood,” arguments from intuition and by analogy, arguments about personal identity and “non-identity,” and arguments from “the natural.” Topics that we’ll mobilize these arguments to discuss include abortion, end-of-life care, assisted suicide, assisted reproduction, the ethics of using animals in medical experiments, and more.  

 

HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Professor Fred Robinson

Rose Alumni House, New Haven, CT 

A survey of the major historical events affecting the development of the English language, followed by an analysis of the ways in which the vocabulary of English is constantly expanded (with emphasis on borrowings from foreign languages). The course will consider how the pronunciation of the language has changed over time, and (briefly) how the grammatical system has evolved. Time permitting we shall give some attention to the dialects of British and American English.

 

 

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