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Robert C Coburn
PHIL 325
Seattle Campus

Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

Examination of post-Kantian thinkers through the end of the nineteenth century considering such major themes as idealism, romanticism, positivism, historicism, naturalism, existentialism, and pragmatism.

Class description

This course will focus primarily on some of the central ideas in the thought of Hegel, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche. It will address, among others, issues that fall under such headings as: objective idealism, historicism, existentialism, transcendental idealism, nihilism, and naturalism. There will be a final exam that covers the work of the entire quarter. There will be a midterm exam. And a journal will be required that will consist of responses to questions and projects posed throughout the quarter. Some acquaintance with ancient and modern classical philosophy is desirable as background. Suitable for non-majors provided they have had two or more previous courses in philosophy.

TEXTS: Rohde (ed.), The Diary of Soren Kierkegaard; Wallace (trans.), Hegelís Logic;Gardiner (ed.), Nineteenth-Century Philosophy.

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Last Update by Beverly A Wessel
Date: 11/19/2003