Fall 2010 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This graduate seminar will focus on the problem of literary/philosophical interpretation as a model for reading works in the humanities. In that spirit we will spend most of our class time reading a series of texts carefully -- from the early Greek philosophical tradition and from the modern German poetical-philosophical tradition. As background material we will begin with works of Anaximander and Heraclitus and then try to measure the influence of such works on Hölderlin, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida. My hope here is to begin a dialogue between Greek and continental philosophy as a way of reading the crisis of subjectivity/ethics/metaphysics/history that afflicts the modern epoch. By paying close attention to structural, rhetorical, and poetical detail as well as to the philosophical sources of modern European thinking, I hope to introduce students to a hermeneutical way of reading that aims to affect their approach to reading itself.
Hölderlin, Selected Poetry
Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy
Heidegger, Early Greek Thinking
Derrida, Athens, Still Remains
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
A Protokoll of 1-2pp., a paper proposal of 1-2 pp. and an essay of 13-15 pp. length due at the end of the semester that covers some aspect of the problems that we deal with during the term.