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This course offers the opportunity to read and discuss some of the ‘greatest books’ from two different European literary traditions and epochs through the lens of one of the most daunting philosophical problems: evil.

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Startdatum 3 april 2019
Einddatum 15 mei 2019
Tijd 00:00

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Students will engage with in-depth readings of Goethe’s Faust and Dostoevski’s Brothers Karamazov in order to explore two of the most prominent imaginaries of evil. This course is specifically designed to accommodate various backgrounds within all fields of the humanities. While focusing on the intersections between literary modes of representation and philosophical thought, this course strongly encourages students to think beyond the limits of disciplines and to gain a broadly informed perspective on landmarks of the European cultural tradition.

This course is designed for students with a background in all disciplines of the humanities. As they gain familiarity with two exemplary texts of the European canon, students are encouraged to read these books thoroughly in order to develop an in-depth knowledge of them and to relate critically to their own reading experience.


Date, time, location and price

  • Date: 3 April - 15 May 2019
  • Time: Wednesdays, 18:00 - 22:00 
  • Location: Oudemanhuispoort, C0.17
  • Price: 150 / 135 (discount price for AUV-members)


Important information

Course type Open UvA Course
Education Lectures
Semester/blok Semester 2, block 2
Language English
Study material Recommended editions (paper and online) are to be announced on Canvas.
Deadline registration 25 March 2019 (subject to availability)
Algemene voorwaarden Open UvA-Colleges


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