Pursuing the Good, True, Beautiful Through Philosophy and Fashion Course
Next fall, Gwenda-lin Grewal, affiliate assistant professor of classics, and John
Macready, an adjunct instructor of philosophy and IPS philosophy student, will lead
students in an inquiry into the connection between one's outerwear and inner self
with a new course: Philosophy and Fashion.
Grewal, who teaches classics and philosophy at UD, moonlights as an accessories designer
at Hardly Alice, and Macready, who has also worked in the fashion industry, will focus on how people
use clothes to construct meaning in a material world.
"Socrates says in the 'Theaetetus' that the philosopher can never appear as he is,"
said Grewal. "We hope at the end of this class students will be more aware of how
they present themselves."
"We'd like students to begin cultivating sartorial prudence, by which we mean, the
habitual tailoring of the self through clothes that is guided by their pursuit of
the good, the beautiful and the true," said Macready.
The course, Philosophy and Fashion, will be open to graduate and undergraduate students
and will include readings from Genesis, Thomas Carlyle's novel "Sartor Resartus,"
Homer, Machiavelli, Kant, Elizabeth Anscombe and Michel Foucault.
IMAGE: Rembrandt van Rijn's "Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer."