Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)
Section 4, Fall 22
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This seminar will explore Stoicism—its ancient teachings and its potential ongoing relevance to our lives today. When you think of the term “Stoic,” what comes to mind? Maybe a TV character like Star Trek’s Spock—someone (usually a guy) facing life in a purely logical, emotionless manner? Or maybe one of the many recent self-help books pitching Stoicism as the secret to happiness? In reality, there’s far more to this 2300-year-old philosophy than pop culture tropes or motivational mantras. Indeed, Stoic thought touches on everything from the fairly mundane (“How can I deal with difficult people?”) to the truly existential (“What is a meaningful life?” “How should I think about death?”). In this seminar, we’ll examine Stoic ideas about these— and many more—topics. We’ll discuss what lessons they might offer for us (as people and as lawyers) today. We’ll explore how Stoicism’s principles relate to those of other religions and philosophies. And we’ll critique Stoicism: Does it exacerbate gender stereotypes? Is it too negative? Does it actually reflect how people think and live today? To inform our discussions, we’ll read a wide range of (short) ancient and modern sources—from Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius to blog posts to Reddit threads. We’ll also explore modern works of popular culture that contain (or at least purport to contain) Stoic themes. This seminar is intended for everyone and requires no background in philosophy or familiarity with Stoicism.
Final Type (if any): None
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Prerequisites: JD students are given priority for this course during the LCS enrollment lottery process. LLM students may enroll in the course during the SIS Add/Drop process. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Seminar in Ethical Values (1-Term) (9091)
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: Class sessions will likely be held on Sunday afternoons or evenings throughout the year, over a meal provided by Professor Fore. (The exact schedule will be determined early in the Fall, based on student availability and preference.)
*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No
*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.
**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM