Modern Intellectual History in Global Perspectives|
COL 320, FGSS 319|
The history of European ideas has balanced on the promise and peril of reason. Yet recently, postcolonial critics have urged historians and philosophers to reconsider the emergence of reason as part of a global process. In this course, we will explore the metaphysical and moral dimensions of reason in dialogue with the non-West. Topics include the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Modernity, and how these movements took shape through a series of cross-cultural exchanges and exclusions.
This course also offers students an opportunity to explore the methods of intellectual history. Our goal is not only to synthesize books by philosophers, political thinkers, and historians, but also to situate ideas in their broader socio-political contexts, especially as they have been re-examined by contemporary thinkers seeking to "provincialize" the history of European ideas.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Césaire, Aimé. DISCOURSE ON COLONIALISM. 1950.
Fanon, Frantz. THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH. 1961.
Freud, Sigmund. CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS. 1930.
James, C.L.R. THE BLACK JACOBINS. 1938.
Nietzsche, Friedrich. ON THE GEANEALOGY OF MORALS. 1887.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Midterm and final paper
|Instructor(s): McGrath,Larry Sommer Times: .M.W... 11:00AM-12:20PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 14||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 9||JR non-major: 7||SO: 3||FR: X|
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