James Gifford deposited Philosophy of Middle-earth (Study Guide) in the group Speculative and Science Fiction on Humanities Commons 3 years, 10 months ago
The recent popularity of the film version of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings has renewed interest in this widely read work set in the realm of Middle-earth. A careful study of Tolkien’s work can be used to raise several philosophical questions, particularly in the area of ethics. This course will examine such questions, also considering topics from political philosophy, cosmology, and literary theory. Brief mention will be made of Tolkien’s colleague C.S. Lewis.