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ENGL 527 R - Seminar in 18th C Literature

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Course Information: May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: A college course devoted entirely to an aspect of eighteenth-century studies or consent of instructor.

Special Instructions:

English 527 - Topic: -The Pursuit of True and Solid Happiness: Hedonism and Virtue in Enlightenment Letters- As recent scholarship on the eighteenth century recognizes, the concept of happiness acquired a new centrality in Enlightenment letters, culminating in the -greatest happiness principle- of Benthamite utilitarianism. The period saw a massive revival of Epicurean and other ancient philosophies dedicated to understanding this-worldly happiness and it spearheaded a new materialism identifying individuals as embodied persons whose reason is readily overcome by the motives of sensuous and sensual gratification. While most moralists of the period sought to distance themselves from the purported atheism and materialism of Thomas Hobbes-s groundbreaking Leviathan (1651), many appeared to accept the -Hobbist- assumption of motivational hedonism: the idea that the will is determined, above all, by the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of pain. This seminar considers h

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Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Fall


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