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PHIL 348 Introduction to Continental Philosophy

Major themes and figures in the Continental philosophy tradition; possible topics include 19th century precursors, 20th century philosophers, and comparisons between analytic and continental philosophy.

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Credits: 3

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PHIL 348 001Lecture1 Tue Thu14:0015:30

This course introduces key texts and ideas from major European philosophers from the 18th century onward. The discussion commences with Kant's answer to the question "What is Enlightenment?" and follows with texts by Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche. Enlightenment thinking is further challenged by philosophy in the 20th century, by the question of technology by Heidegger, and by Horkheimer and Adorno, who critique instrumentalized rationality. We then turn to Hannah Arendt's analysis of the terrors of national socialism and Stalinist communism. We study Franz Fanon's attack on colonialism, Christine Delphy's critique of capitalism, and Judith Butler's examination of heterosexist power. Simon de Beauvoir provides an important reflection on freedom, ethics, and the human condition. We revisit th and ~


question, "What is Enlightenment?" with Michel Foucault to complete to course.

Together, we will examine the relationships between knowledge, freedom, and progress in order to understand the concepts of humanism and enlightenment from historical perspectives. In addition, we will explore key problems thought to be particular to the loss of meaning and value occurring after the death of God and the rise of consumer culture, such as nihilism and alienation.

While this course is restricted to upper-level students, those in their first or second year who are interested in taking the course may contact the course instructor directly, at: