Fall 2015 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
This course presents a comprehensive survey of the major landmarks in modern European philosophy in the 19th century, from the German idealists to Nietzsche. Beginning with the problems generated by Kant's doctrine of transcendental idealism, this course charts the flourishing of German idealism (Fichte, Hegel) and its eventual dissolution when it was confronted with rival conceptions of individual religious experience (Kierkegaard) and social emancipation (Marx), culminating in a radically antifoundationalist challenge to both epistemology and ethics (Nietzsche).
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)(COL)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP-Phil Mind)
Readings will include selections from Kant's CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON, Hegel's PHENOMENOLOGY OF SPIRIT, Marx's ECONOMIC AND PHILOSOPHIC MANUSCRIPTS OF 1844, Kierkegaard's FEAR AND TREMBLING, Nietzsche's GENEALOGY OF MORALS, and other works.
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Three papers, and weekly comments on the assigned readings. In-class participation is essential and will be factored into the final grade.
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We will be engaging deeply with some of the most influential and exhilarating texts in the modern European philosophical canon. The texts will demand serious attention; our aim will be to develop a careful and rigorous appreciation for the main arguments and themes.
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