Transcendence & Immanence in History Thought

History 283.002

Spring 2007
Instructor: 
Brady
Location: 
2227 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Tues 9-12
CCN: 
39852
Units: 
Units

Stages of the Western debate over the meaning of history: 1) the providential idea of history (St. Augustine, Venerable Bede, Otto of Freising); 2) immanental repetition (Machiavelli); immanental evolution (Giambattista Vico, Adam Ferguson); 3) immanentalization of transcendence (G.W.F. Hegel, Leopold von Ranke, Karl Marx); 4) recovering freedom, and contigency (Jacob Burckhardt, Friedrich Nietzsche); 5) reason transcending history (Max Weber); 6) Neo-Humanism and Post-Modernism (Marc Bloch, Michel de Certeau). The readings may be changed, depending on student interests. Assignments: two or three papers.

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