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|THEO 580 - Critics of Modernity|
Critics of Modernity--Theological, Moral, and Political Implications: This seminar explores post-Kantian critics of modernity with a focus on the theological, ethical, and political implications of the rejection of enlightenment aspirations. Topics will include: a brief review of the development of modernity and the enlightenment; classic critiques by the so-called hermeneutes of suspicion (Nietzsche, Freud, Marx, and a bit of Weber); the critique of metaphysics and rationality developed in Nietzsche and Heidegger; the linguistic turn and scientization and rise of post-structuralism and deconstruction and its implications for moral and political norm formation (e.g. Husserl, Foucault, Derrida, Habermas, Lyotard). We will then turn to specific theological and moral critics of modernity and the moral and political implications, including: Benjamin, Arendt, Barth, MacIntyre, Hauerwas, Marion, Gilligan, Neuhaus, Berry, Elshtain, Levinas, O'Donovan, Milbank). A substantial seminar paper is a course requirement.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Seminar