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LAN 101: Foreign Language for Beginners LAN 201: Advanced Foreign Language
PHI 101: I'm Lost, Therefore I Am PHI 201: I'm Right, You're Wrong: The Us Vs. Them Mentality
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It’s no secret that LOST incorporates philosophical themes and references into the show. Delve deeper into who these referenced philosophers really are, and how various philosophical viewpoints and theories relate to the characters and storylines of LOST.

Class 1: Important & Influential Thinkers


It is no coincidence that some of the characters on LOST are named after world-renowned philosophers. This class will explore four of the main philosophers referenced: David Hume, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Jeremy Bentham. Gain a deeper understanding of who these men were, and how their works have had a long-lasting impact on society.

Class 2: A State of Nature: Building a New Society


What happens when people are removed from society and thrown into a hostile and foreign environment? Can they function without any sort of laws or government? This class will explore the concepts of "state of nature" and "social contract theory," and how they may apply to the survivors on the Island.

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Class1 Notes

Class2 Notes


Reading List

Reading List

Two Treatises On Government(John Locke)

The Social Contract and Discourses(Jean-Paul Rousseau)

A Treatise On Human Nature(David Hume)

Utilitarianism and Other Essays(Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill)

An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation(Jeremy Bentham)