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PHIL 3317

The Age of Reason Through Contemporary Philosophy

Three semester hours.

This course covers the major developments in philosophical thought from the 18th century through to the major thinkers of today. It deals with “modern” and “postmodern” topics such as the limits of science, political epistemology, aesthetics, hermeneutics, post-structuralism, critical theory, deconstruction, contemporary Marxist strategies, semiotics, cultural studies, gender studies, race theory, humantechnological interplay, and other issues. The course can include the works of such thinkers as Hume, Rousseau, Voltaire, Emerson, Marx, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Freud, Lacan, Heidegger, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Wittgenstein, Lyotard, Derrida, Foucault, Spivak, Barthes, and many others. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes.

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