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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2007

GOV 314 • Competing Visions of the Good Life

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38695 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
MEZ B0.306

Course Description

What makes life good? What makes it meaningful? How should we live? No one can be indifferent to these great questions. Some people think that the answers are merely matters of taste, inherited belief, or which culture you happen to be born into. By contrast, although the great thinkers of the Western tradition have not all reached the same conclusions, they have all been convinced that the answers can be investigated by reasoning. This course is an introduction to the Quest.

This course does not fulfill the legislative requirement for government.

Grading Policy

For each of the five units, you have a choice between taking a short-answer in-class examination or submitting an analytical outline. Fifteen short quizzes will also be administered. Each examination (or analytical outline) is worth 20%; the curved quiz average is also worth 20%. Attendance, participation, and, of course, scholastic honesty, all matter.


Benedict XVI, "The Regensberg Lecture" Plato, Republic Augustine, Confessions Thomas More, Utopia Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man


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