Course level: Undergraduate
Now that we have a basic understanding of Greek Literature and thought, the Biblical world, and Late Antique and Medieval Philosophy, in “Perspectives on Western Culture II” we will reflect on the modern worldview. Modernity defines itself by relying on reason to answer fundamental questions concerning what we can know, how we should live, what role religion should play in our lives, and what form of government we should adopt. The course is therefore divided into four main parts: epistemology, ethics, philosophy of religion, and politics. During the last week of the semester we will also discuss two of the most influential critics of modernity: Marx and Freud.