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PHIL 419

Major Philosophers

One or two philosophers, usually chosen from Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Leibniz, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Wittgenstein and Frege. Prerequisite: two courses in philosophy or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Two courses in philosophy or permission of instructor 1 course

Fall Semester information

Daniel Shannon

419A: Major Philosophers: Hegel and Marx

This class covers the philosophies of G. W. F. Hegel and Karl Marx as they relate to the understanding of social evolution through the struggle with alienation and the progress towards liberty. We will read selections from Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, Philosophy of History, and Philosophy of Right. We will read selections from Marx on his social and political writings. Some texts will be Economic and Philosophic Manuscript of 1844, Theses on Feuerbach, Das Kapital, and the Eighteenth Brumaire. The class will be a mixture of lecture and student seminar presentations. There will be two longer papers and a couple of tests.

Spring Semester information

Keith Nightenhelser

419A: Major Philosophers: Plato and Platonisms