French Existentialism and Marxism|
Spring 2018 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement, Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
This course is a study of French thinkers of the 20th century who challenged and reevaluated the principles upon which Western society was based, with an emphasis on the problems and theories concerning the standards of moral action, the nature of political knowledge, political engagement, ethical relativity, free will, and determination.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Hegel, PHENOMENOLOGY OF MIND (selections) Marx, THE GERMAN IDEOLOGY (selections) Nietzsche, BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL (selections), GENEALOGY OF MORALS Sartre, BEING AND NOTHINGNESS (selections), EXISTENTIALISM IS A HUMANISM; REFLECTIONS ON THE JEWISH QUESTION (translated as ANTI-SEMITE AND JEW), BLACK ORPHEUS, NO EXIT Merleau-Ponty, HUMANISM AND TERROR Fanon, THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH, BLACK SKINS, WHITE MASKS (selections) Koestler, DARKNESS AT NOON Cesaire, DISCOURSE ON COLONIALISM Senghor, SELECTED POETRY Camus, THE STRANGER, THE REBEL Breton, SURREALISM Gide, THE IMMORALIST
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three short papers of, approximately, two, four, and eight pages in length. Each student will be expected to prepare a critique of one the readings under discussion for the week.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Class attendance and participation in our weekly discussions.