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Philosophy and Fantasy: The Hobbit and Ender’s Game – Wednesday – Winter 2023 – 10 Weeks – Grades 8 – 10

Wednesday, January 11 2023 @ 1:00PM Wednesday, March 22 2023 @ 2:30PM EST


Sarah Rosenson

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8th – 10th

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1:00PM – 2:30PM (ET)


Winter 2023


Wednesday, January 11 2023 @ 1:00PM EST
Wednesday, March 22 2023 @ 2:30PM EST
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Philosophy and Fantasy
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Philosophy means “the love of wisdom”, and the questions philosophers ask are some of the most fundamental questions of life. Studying philosophy helps students expand their worldview, form their own moral codes and develop their critical thinking skills. One great way for students to delve into these ideas and concepts is through the lens of a favorite work of literature.

This will be a discussion-based class looking at a different topic in philosophy each week. We will first discuss a question or idea in general, and then apply what we’ve discussed to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and his companions in The Hobbit (first half of the course) or the world of Ender’s Game (second half of the course). Students should have already read the novels and should come to class prepared to share their views in a lively conversation.

Students should already have read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. We will NOT be discussing the Lord of the Rings trilogy or additional books in the Ender’s Game series, just these two books

Students will be required to participate in class discussions, and to do all assignments in a timely manner.

Students will receive approximately one to two hours per week.  Assignments will include short writing assignments in response to our discussions.

Please note that I am also teaching a class called “Harry Potter and Philosophy” in the fall term on Open Tent Academy if you are interested in 20 weeks on these topics.  Each course stands on its own, so you can take either one alone, or both.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 15, 2022.

There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.

Sarah Rosenson – Open Tent Academy

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