Examination of the nature of revolution--intellectual, philosophical, economic and political. Cross-listed as PHIL 340.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
By Arendt, Hannah (Penguin) Recommended
By Camus, Albert (Vintage Books) Recommended
Europe: Mother of Revolutions
By Heer, Friedrich (Praeger) Recommended
The Marx-Engels Reader
By Tucker, Robert C., ed. (Norton) Recommended
Civilization and Its Discontents
By Freud, Sigmund (Norton) Recommended
To selectively study specific periods of history that have been labeled “revolutionary,” including not only political revolution--the archetype of which is most probably the French Revolution of 1789--but also scientific, economic, intellectual, and psychological revolution.
To develop a mature and deep understanding of the concept of revolution: how it has changed in history and how it has changed history.
Demonstrate knowledge of the major events, ideas and results of what have been generally considered revolutions: scientific, political, intellectual, and economic.
Analyze and intelligently discuss the primary writings of a select number of revolutionary thinkers: Rousseau, Voltaire, Marx, etc.
Summarize significant philosophical debates over the nature of revolution.
Demonstrate research ability based upon primary source material.
Articulate revolutionary ideas and how they actually work out in historical time.
Re-Volvere: The concept of revolution
The first scientific revolution
The french revolution
The economic revolution
The french utopian socialists
Kant and Hegel: Revolution in philosophy
The Darwinian revolution
The Russian revolution
The Freudian revolution
The revolution in 20th century physics
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
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