ENG 118 How to Live

Pamela Thompson, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 AM

Through wide-ranging readings from ancient philosophy to contemporary memoirs, we will engage this most essential question: How are we to live our lives? Philosophers and artists, farmers and writers, religious leaders and political activists have given us a rich variety of approaches to this question, envisioning utopias both large and farm-small, proposing maxims to live by, conducting private and public experiments, condensing hard-won knowledge into prose. The range of forms of these provocative writings leads to this class’s second question: How are we to write about what matters? Limited to 15.