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Douglas Merrell
HIST 207
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Intellectual History

Ideas in historical context. Comparative and developmental analysis of Western conceptions of "community," from Plato to Freud. Offered: jointly with CHID 207.

Class description

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.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No Prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Course asssignements will be outlined in the sysllabus.


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Last Update by Moran Tompkins
Date: 02/04/2004