PHIL 201
Continental Philosophy: Reading the Critics of Reason Fall 2009
Division II
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Nineteenth- and twentieth-century European philosophy gave rise to an astounding number of brilliant thinkers (including Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Arendt, Lacan, Adorno, Gadamer, Habermos, Irigaray, Deleuze, and Derrida), who in turn initiated an equally astounding number of important philosophical movements (including existentialism, structuralism, critical theory, hermeneutics, French feminism, and post-structuralism). Fortunately, this bewildering diversity comprises a recognizable tradition in virtue of a common theme: the relentless critique of the conceptions and projects of reason inherited from the Enlightenment, Kant, and Hegel. Unfortunately, because many of these critiques are written in ways that attempt to undermine and transform our notions of rationality, they can be maddeningly difficult to read.
This course will introduce students to continental philosophy through guided readings of these challenging texts aimed at developing students interpretive skills.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 15
Expected: 10-15
Class#: 1020
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short papers, a final 8- to 10-page paper, regular attendance and participation
Prerequisites: none; Philosophy 102 recommended
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
CRAAS Critical Reasoning + Analytical Skills

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