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PHIL 2297 Community and Culture I (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course will explore the nature of community in the context of American culture. Students will examine some of the philosophical, historical, cultural, political and religious forces, which have shaped both contemporary American community and the American understanding of community. Beginning with John Locke and Jean Jacques Rousseau, then moving to Alexis de Tocqueville, the course’s starting points will be in two thinkers whose political philosophies were part of the intellectual climate in which this nation was born, then in the observations of an early 19th Century visitor of what had emerged in early America. Subsequent readings will raise the question of American culture and community from modern legal, cultural, political and religious perspectives.


Instructor(s): David McMenamin

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 08-Feb-16