Post-Kantian European Philosophy|
Fall 2008 not offered
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)
Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit (selections)
Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
Husserl, The Crisis of European Science
Heidegger, Off the Beaten Track
Weber, "Science as a Vocation"
Habermas, "Technology and Science as Ideology"
Foucault Reader (selections)
and a few readings on-line
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three take-home essay examinations.
|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.
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