Experience and History
Recent philosophy of history has been dominated by an emphasis on representation (Hayden White and the narrativists) and memory (e.g. the late work of Paul Ricoeur). In this course we examine the experience of history. This requires, first, a brief historical review of the concept of experience itself, from the British empiricists to Dilthey, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty; and second, a systematic phenomenological examination of the temporality of experience and the experience of temporality. The purpose is to reveal the importance and role of experience for our understanding of history.
Will be taught by David Carr