English - Free topic 16: The Modern Mind and the American Intellectual Tradition

Course content

This course explores the history of American ideas as they are interpreted and remade in American social and political thought. With a focus on the 20th and 21st centuries, we will look into the physical and metaphysical world, as American arguments inspire and confront Western and universal issues in fields of philosophy, science, politics, human growth, religion, arts, economics, and history. Our focus will be on understanding philosophers and theories, including William James, Margaret Mead, Reinhold Neibuhr, Erik Erikson, Hannah Arendt, Robert Oppenheimer, Milton Friedman, Herbert Marcuse, Nancy Chodorow, Richard Rorty, John Rawls, and Sam Harris, among many others. The readings will follow a more or less chronological approach. The class style is seminar discussion and lecture. Because the course focuses on ideas, students must come to class prepared to discuss the readings and to arrive at each class with a few ideas of their own.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 176,75
  • English
  • 204,75