Post-Kantian European Philosophy|
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
In this study of 19th- and 20th-century philosophy in Europe (primarily France and Germany), special attention will be devoted to the interpretation of modern science, 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 place 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, Marcuse, 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 and assessment of texts and reasoning. This course meets the Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate's requirement in philosophical origins of theory.
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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: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Kant, short selections
Hegel, PHENOMENOLOGY OF SPIRIT (selections)
Marx, selections from GERMAN IDEOLOGY and CAPITAL
Nietzsche, TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS and short selections from other work
Husserl, "Philosophy as Rigorous Science" and the Vienna Lecture
Heidegger, OFF THE BEATEN TRACK, and short selections from BEING AND TIME
Weber, "Science as a Vocation"
Marcuse, "Industrialization and Capitalism in the Work of Max Weber"
Habermas, "Technology and Science as Ideology"
Foucault, FOUCAULT READER (selections)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three take-home expository/comparative essays .
|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. 09:50AM-10:40AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 8||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: 5||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 7||JR non-major: 5||SO: 4||FR: X|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
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