John C Foster
Critically examines the formation of modern Western culture, politics, and society through an historical analysis of the work of Karl Marx and the thinkers, artists, and activists who assimilated and transformed Marxian concepts from the late nineteenth century to the present. Offered: jointly with CHID 309.
The course will look both backwards and forwards, locating the works of Marx and Nietzsche in patterns of philosophical thought in the nineteenth century, as well as in the political and social movements of the twentieth century. The course will also discuss the ways that the works of Marx and Nietzsche can be relevant to us today, as well as how the study of intellectual history can improve our understanding of the modern world.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course will involve lectures as well as discussions among participants.
Class assignments and grading
The assignments for the course will be two 5-7 page essays and a final exam.
Grades will be based on performace on the essays and the exam, as well as on spoken participation during class meetings.