Fall 2012 I have the opportunity to teach a special seminar:
Inkling Philosophy: J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis on Myth and Truth.
Banner listing: PHIL 4900 ST: Tolkien and CS Lewis on Myth, cross-listed under RELS 4910-004 ST: Tolkien and CS Lewis on Myth.
In this course we will first read what Tolkien and Lewis have to say about myth and then we will read some of Tolkien’s and Lewis’ myths. In reading about myth, we will seek to understand their philosophy of myth, asking questions about myth and its relation to truth, symbolic language and the limits of natural reason, and the role of the imagination in belief. Then we will read some of their myths (Lord of the Rings, Narnia, etc) to see how perennial truths about God, man, and the universe can be expressed in, and perhaps only in, myth.
No pre-requisites or previous philosophical experience required. But note that this is a 4000 level course so it will be reading intensive. Those unable or unwilling to take on thick reading assignments should look elsewhere.