FYS 189 Utopia and Human Nature

William Oram, MWF 9:00 AM-9:50 AM

 What do human beings want? Can people be trusted to want what is good for them?  How does the good society deal with sex and acquisitiveness?  How can it reconcile individual desire with the common good?  In facing these questions, every utopian writer constructs his or her imaginary society in response to basic assumptions about the nature of human nature. In considering these fictions we’ll focus on works from three different periods by Thomas More, Nathanial Hawthorne and Ursula K. LeGuin.  Enrollment limited to 16 first-year students.  {L} WI Credits: 4