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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 082 Reason and Folly

Throughout the history of Western culture, folly has been represented as a challenge to the cognitive capacities of rational thinking. As such, it has been the object of fear, fascination, mockery, praise, and ultimately institutional confinement. This course examines the religious, moral, medical, and aesthetic assumptions that underlie such contrasting attitudes and viewpoints, as well as the rhetorical strategies used to articulate them.