Post-Kantian European Philosophy|
In this study of 19th- and 20th-century philosophy in Europe (primarily France and Germany), special attention will be devoted to the interpretation of science and its significance for understanding the world as distinctly modern and ourselves and the world as natural (or as transcending nature). Related topics include the scope and limits of reason, the role of subjectivity in the constitution of meaning, the conception of ethics and politics in a science-centered culture, and the problems of comprehending historical change. Philosophers to be read include Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Weber, Habermas, and Foucault. The course is designed to introduce students to a very difficult but widely influential philosophical tradition and will emphasize close reading and comparative interpretation of texts.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)(CSCT)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP)(SISP-Phil Mind)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Kant, WHAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT? Hegel, PHENOMENOLOGY OF SPIRIT (selections) Marx, selected writings (McLellan, ed.) Nietzsche, TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS Husserl, "Philosophy as Rigorous Science" and "Phenomenology and the Crisis of European Humanity," Weber, "Science as a Vocation," Heidegger, selections from OFF THE BEATEN TRACK and BEING AND TIME Habermas, "Technology and Science as 'Ideology'" in TOWARDS A RATIONAL SOCIETY Foucault, FOUCAULT READER (selections)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three take-home essay exams.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
There is no specific prerequisite for this course but the readings are very difficult. Prior work in philosophy, social or political theory, literary theory, or science studies is strongly recommended before taking this course.
|Instructor(s): Rouse,Joseph T. Times: .M.W.F. 10:00AM-10:50AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 8||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 7||JR non-major: 5||SO: 4||FR: X|