Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592-002: Philosophical Issues in Personal Identity: Transformation Through Impossible Experience

Instructor: Dr. Patricia Turrisi
Course Reference Number: 22565
Tuesdays, 3:30 - 6:15pm in Bear Hall, Room 102

Lives change.

Plans change.

This course is about the personal identities we have, ones that have become lost or broken, and others that have been found anew. We examine lives that were interrupted and formed again on a different model. Didi they see a change coming? How did they respond? Was their change for the better or worse? How do these lives challenge the notion that each person has a unified personal identity that persists over time?

Works that we will read include:

Michael Paul Mason, Head Cases

William Styron, Darkness Visible

Whitley Strieber, Communion

Anne Strieber, Communion Letters

Saint Augustine, Confessions

Dennis Lehane, Mystic River

Alberto Moravia, The Conformist

Selected essays by William James, Henry James Sr., John Locke and David Hume

Last Updated: March 2, 2017