European Intellectual History 1870 to the Present

History 164C

Spring 2014
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MWF 11-12P

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Europeans developed radically new ways of thinking about the challenges presented by a rapidly modernizing, industrializing, and urbanizing society. The questions they raised, and the answers they developed, have had a profound influence on the way people have conceived of modern life ever since, and provide a crucial starting point for further inquiry in the humanities and social sciences. This course offers an introduction to this rich body of intellectual activity, and does so by showing how such activity arose in engagement with broader historical developments. We will focus primarily on social and political thought, but will also look more broadly at cultural, aesthetic and philosophical currents. Specific topics will include the varieties of socialism after Marx; the development of the social and human sciences (especially sociology and anthropology); critical theory and the Frankfurt School; psychoanalysis; existentialism; feminism; the linguistic turn in philosophy and beyond; structuralism and post-structuralism, and anti-colonial and post-colonial thought. Each week we will read and discuss texts by key figures such as Nietzsche, Weber, Durkheim, Freud, de Beauvoir, Arendt, Foucault and Fanon.




Course Books

The Continental Philosophy Reader by Kearney, Richard and Rainwater, Mara, eds Routledge. ISBN: 978-0415095266 Required
Weimar Culture by Gay, Peter W. W. Norton. ISBN: 978-0393322392 Required
Consciousness and Society by Hughes, H. Stuart Transaction. ISBN: 978-0765809186 Required
Wretched of the Earth by Fanon, Frantz Grove Press. ISBN: 978-0802141323 Required
On the Genealogy of Morals by Nietzsche, Friedrich Oxford World's Classics. ISBN: 978-0199537082 Required
Birth of Tragedy by Nietzsche, Friedrich Penguin Classics. ISBN: 978-0140433395 Required
Classical Sociological Theory, Third Edition by Calhoun, Craig et al. (Editors) Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-0470655672 Required
Civilization and its Discontents by Freud, Sigmund W. W. Norton. ISBN: 978-0393304510 Required