Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will explore radical ideasâ€”ideas found at the margins of society, ideas of protest, of revolution, of criticism. We will consider if the world is working the way it ought to work, and, if it is not, what might be done about it? To do this we will focus our readings on certain 19th and 20th century thinkers whose work challenge the conventions of Western thought and behavior. The thinkers we will be discussingâ€”Nietzsche, Marx, Freud, Marcuse, Hoffer, Illich, et alâ€”offer fundamental critiques of contemporary Western society and culture, and they encourage us to question popular religious beliefs, mainstream political ideologies, and common philosophical commitments. And we will take up notions of race, gender, sexuality, violence, education, government, and economics as well. The underlying theme recurring throughout the course will be to identify and critically discuss the implicit biases and modes of thinking prevalent in contemporary mass societies.
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