Course Description for Kant to Nietzsche
Kant to Nietzsche
Prerequisite: Admission to the MA in Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics or
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Ethics
or permission of the Philosophy Graduate Coordinator
This course examines the important intellectual developments that follow the French Revolution and the work of Immanuel Kant, leading throughout the writings of the Frierich Nietzsche. Nineteenth century or late modern philosophy represents a referendum on the values and assumptions not only of Enlightenment thought but modern reason itself. Focusing on the writings of Schiller, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche, we explore how nineteenth century theorists sought to extend the project of modernity while acknowledging that modern reason can have consequences that undermine its objective to subject the natural and human worlds to rational control. In examining these writers' theories we also explore how their reflections may assist us in considering the problems and prospects out own age. Students in this graduate section will have special writing, reading, and presentation assignments; they will also participate in special sessions with the instructor.