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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Spring 2007

EUS 361 • The Enlightenment-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35902 M
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
BUR 128
Matysik, T

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the eighteenth-century Enlightenment and its legacies. We will focus in particular on the ambivalent relationship of Enlightenment thinkers to their own beloved concepts of "universalism" and cosmopolitanism. Some readings will help students gain insight into the social and cultural circumstances that made the critical thinking of the Enlightenment possible. The majority of readings, however, will be primary source readings of Enlightenment thinkers and their descendants. Students should be prepared to read significant amounts of philosophy and social theory.

Grading Policy

First 6-7 page paper (including outline and draft): 35% Second 6-7 page paper (including outline and draft): 40% Class Participation, including weekly 1-2 page response papers: 25%


Dorinda Outram, The Enlightenment Immanuel Kant, Political Writings Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract Denis Diderot, Rameau's Nephew Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, The Dialectic of the Enlightenment (selections) Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic (selections)


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