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PHIL 4287 Reason and Revolt: Nineteenth Century European Intellectual History (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course examines the history of European ideas from the mid-eighteenth century to the late nineteenth century. During this era, between the Enlightenment celebration of reason and the emergence of a revolutionary religion of progress, a triumphant and contradictory European modernity emerged. We will investigate this historical field by engaging works of philosophy, art, and political theory, exploring the many "-isms" of the nineteenth century: romanticism, realism, socialism, Marxism, liberalism, conservatism, anarchism, impressionism, naturalism, positivism, and scientism. Thinkers considered include Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, Edmund Burke, G.W.F. Hegel, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, Gustave Flaubert, and Charles Darwin.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Julian Bourg

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II

Cross listed with: HIST4287

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Last Updated: 06-Mar-15