Philosophy of the Modern World
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NPHI 3150
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Philosophy
  • Ethics & Social Responsibility
  • Humanities
There is currently much discussion of modernity and anti-modernity connected to religious fundamentalism in both the Middle East and in our own country. This course addresses the emergence of a self-consciously modern society and its relationship to philosophy conceived of as a self-reflective practice. It begins by considering the new concept of nature that emerged in the Renaissance with the beginning of modern science, and its impact on ethical and political philosophy. We then read selections from the works of Descartes, Spinoza, and Kant, as well as contemporary thinkers who have elaborated on the theme of modernity and its relationship to pre-modernity. The course concerns itself with issues that are germane to philosophy, political theory, and cultural criticism generally.
Course Open to: Degree Students