HIS-225 History of Modern Ideas, 1750-1890

A survey of some of the major currents of modern intellectual history giving attention first on the legacy of the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment and then the following challenges issuing from the romantic movement and German Idealism. The course then focuses on the emergence of disciplined materialistic studies focusing on language, society, economics, law, biology, and ecology which transformed mid-century understandings of the world, particularly engaging the work of Marx and Mill. Equal attention, however, will be directed to challenges to the very basis of knowledge that culminated in the work of Nietzsche and other cultural critics.


3 credits