2007 HPA227 Philosophies of Modernity

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HPA327

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Is there anything that characterizes 'modern' forms of social and political organization as opposed to the 'pre-modern' or the 'post-modern'? What does it mean to talk of the modern or the post-modern? The nature of modernity, both its promise and its problems, has been a preoccupation of many philosophers from Rousseau, Hegel and Marx through to Foucault and Habermas. This unit will examine some of the critiques of modernity advanced by such thinkers, as well as the theories of social, economic and political organization and development that have accompanied those critiques. The unit will be relevant not only to students of philosophy and the history of ideas, but also to students of sociology, politics, literature and the arts.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: 2,000 word assignment (40%), 3-hr end of sem. exam (60%)

TEACHING PATTERN: Semester 1: 2 1-hr Lectures weekly; 1-hr Tutorial fortnightly

Prereq 25% 100 Level units from Arts

STAFF: Dr Jack Reynolds

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