PHIL 204 Fall 2012 Hegel and Marx

Hegel's Idealism and Marx's Materialism are two of the most significant and influential theories on modernity. Both emphasize the historical and cultural contexts of our modern epistemic, moral, civic, social, economic, and religious practices. Yet Hegel aims to justify our modern forms of life on the grounds that they make us free, while Marx criticizes them for alienating us from ourselves, one another, and the world. In this course, we will read selections from Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit and Philosophy of Right. We will read selections from Marx's early writings, his masterwork Capital, and his more popular Communist Manifesto. Our aim will be to comprehend and critically evaluate Hegel's and Marx's competing theories on modernity.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: a number of short position papers and a term paper
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Prerequisites: History of Modern Philosophy or consent of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: Philosophy majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1812
PHIL204-01(F) SEM Hegel and Marx Division 2: Social Studies Justin B. Shaddock
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Paresky 114 1812
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