Montaigne, Pascal, Descartes

Term: Fall 2011

Subject Code: GHIS

Course Number: 5169

The aim of the seminar is a close reading of Montaigne's Essays, Pascals's Penses and Descartes' Passions of the Soul. In reading these three texts, we will discuss the origin of modern subjectivity in the 16th and 17th century and try to establish the historical forms of its expression, including the use of literary genres and specific topics that all three thinkers share in common.

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