Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In this undergraduate course I would like to explore problems of twentieth-century continental philosophy in their hermeneutic context by reading some of the principal texts in German and French thinking during this period. Beginning with Heidegger, we will then read some of Heidegger's students (Levinas, Arendt, Jonas) as we attempt to raise ethical issues of concern, questions dealing with the "other"---in dialogue and as deconstruction. Primary among our concerns will be the way philosophers attempt to rethink what philosophy is in wake of the destructive history of the twentieth century.
Jacques Derrida, Of Hospitality
Emmanuel Levinas, Totality and Infinity
Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition
Martin Heidegger, Basic Writings
Maurice Blanchot, Writing the Disaster
Hans Jonas, The Principle of Responsibility
Walter Benjamin, Illuminations
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
2 essays of 5-9 pp. length, a Protokoll of 1-2 pp. length, and a final paper proposal of 1-2 pp.