Understanding Modernity: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud|
Spring 2009 not offered
GELT 268, COL 268|
The names of the writers and thinkers Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Sigmund Freud signal a revolution of thought in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This course is designed to make critical theory and contemporary discourses in the humanities and social sciences more accessible by providing the modern historical and philosophical foundations for key concepts such as interpretation, subject, history, politics/society, religion/morality, and art/aesthetics. We will explore some of the most influential writings of the respective authors in a comparative manner and, thus, come to a better understanding of the genesis of much modern thinking.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(GRST-MN)(GRST)
THE MARX-ENGELS-READER, ed. by Robert Tucker (W. W. Norton)
THE BASIC WRITINGS OF NIETZSCHE, trans. by Walter Kaufmann (Modern Library)
Sigmund Freud: CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS; GROUP PSYCHOLOGY AND THE ANALYSIS OF THE EGO; THE EGO AND THE ID; (all W. W. Norton); MOSES AND MONOTHEISM (Vintage)
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One take-home exam, one oral presentation, and two 5 - 6 page analytic papers.
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