GERMAN 401 - Nineteenth-Century German and European Intellectual History
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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Taught in English.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Between the upheavals of the French Revolution and the First World War, the European nations witnessed an utter transformation of their world. The relations of human beings to the nation, to the state, to history, and to the physical world were rethought from top to bottom. Our exploration of modern ideas take us from rationalism to racism, and from utopian ideologies to the birth of psychoanalysis.

Course Requirements:

The main requirements of this course are:

  1. consistent attendance and timely and careful reading of assignments, to be evaluated on the basis of lively participation in discussions and several simple quizzes
  2. three short essays on specific readings, the topics of which will be provided; you will have a choice of essay questions to which to respond, and you will receive ample feedback on these
  3. a final term paper, in which you focus on the specific intellectual-historical issue of greatest interest to you.

Intended Audience:

No previous knowledge of European history, philosophy, or German is expected or required. The course is intended for serious undergraduates seeking to explore these ideas and thinkers.

Class Format:

Two meetings weekly, combined lecture and discussion.

GERMAN 401 - Nineteenth-Century German and European Intellectual History
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0140444491
Fear and trembling, Author: Kierkegaard ; dialectical lyric by Johannes de silentio (Kierkegaard) ; translated with and introduction by Alastair Hannay., Publisher: Penguin Books ed. 1985
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0312450222
Nietzsche and the death of God : selected writings, Author: translated, edited, and with an introduction by Peter Fritzsche., Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin 2007
ISBN: 0143036300
On natural selection, Author: Charles Darwin., Publisher: Penguin Books 2005
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0023513209
Reason in history : a general introduction to the philosophy of history, Author: G.W.F. Hegel ; translated, with an introduction, by Robert S. Hartman., Publisher: Macmillan 1st ed. 1987
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0717803023
The German ideology, Author: by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. Part one, with selections from parts two and three, together with Marx's "Introduction to a critique of political economy." Edited, and with introd., by C. J. Arthur., Publisher: International Publishers 1st ed. 1973
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0140432728
Utilitarianism and other essays, Author: J.S. Mill and Jeremy Bentham ; edited by Alan Ryan., Publisher: Penguin Books Reprinted. 1987
ISBN: 0140432043
Reflections on the revolution in France : and on the proceedings in certain societies in London relative to that event, Author: Edmund Burke ; edited with an introduction by Conor Cruise O'Brien., Publisher: Penguin Reprinted. 1984
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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