PHIL 224
Nietzsche, Marx and Freud Spring 2025
Division II Writing Skills

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Nietzsche, Marx and Freud have had a profound influence on literature, philosophy, and critical theories of the 20th and 21st centuries. In this tutorial we will treat them as diagnosticians of modernity who engaged in unveiling illusions and opening up possible alternative human futures. Each questioned the emancipatory effects of dominant understandings of reason and freedom as well as idealist and humanist accounts of moral progress in history; each aimed to liberate human beings from unnecessary suffering. We will focus on questions concerning their distinctive diagnostic and critical methods, the problems they identified, and their respective understandings of religion and and modern science.
The Class: Format: tutorial; We may also meet in a seminar format once or twice during the semester.
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3521
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Bi-weekly papers, 2-3 page commentaries, and tutorial discussions.
Prerequisites: One of the following: 100-level Philosophy course or permission of instructor. Exposure to history of modern European philosophy and/or intellectual history will be very helpful.
Enrollment Preferences: Philosophy majors or prospective majors and students with background and interest in modern philosophy and critical theories more generally.
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: Students write five or six 5-6 page tutorial papers. Each will receive regular feedback to improve their ability to present clear, well-supported and engaging written arguments and interpretations.
Attributes: PHIL History Courses

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