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Academic Year 2005/2006
Post-Kantian European Philosophy
PHIL 258 FA
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
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
in a science-centered culture, and the problems of comprehending historical change. Philosophers to be read include Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Habermas, and Foucault. The course is designed to
students to a very difficult but widely influential philosophical tradition and will emphasize close reading and comparative interpretation of texts.
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
Foucault Reader (selections)
and a few readings on-line
EXAMINATIONS 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
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- Instructor(s): Rouse,Joseph T.
- Times: .M.W.F. 10:00AM-10:50AM; Location: FISK305;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 30)
- SR. major: 8 Jr. major: 8
- SR. non-major: 5 Jr. non-major: 5 SO: 4 FR: X
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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