Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Philosophy
PHL 417 19th Century Philosophy FS 2019
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This course is an in-depth look at the main currents in European philosophy during the 19th century. After a quick survey of Kant’s critical philosophy, the major figures we will study are the following: G. W. F. Hegel, Karl Marx, Søren Kierkegaard, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Friedrich Nietzsche. Topics include: consciousness, self-consciousness and knowledge; God and faith; the Enlightenment, capitalism, history and progress; the nature of morality and freedom; human nature and sociality; the distinctive character of modernity.

Instructor: Todd Hedrick