Ideas in historical context. Comparative and developmental analysis of Western conceptions of "community," from Plato to Freud. Offered: jointly with CHID 207.
This course is designed to introduce students to the historical and comparative methods of the history of ideas through an analysis of four critical moments in Western thinking about the social bond expressed in the texts of Plato, Saint Augustine, Rousseau and Freud. Close reading of individual texts will be framed by reconstruction of broader historical contexts at critical turning points in Western culture, and in relation to contemporary American conceptions of community.
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