Karen Feldman (Home Department: German)
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00-11:00, 101 Barker Hall (4 units), Class number: 39324
This course is also listed as German C25

In this course we will investigate the various ways in which Marx, Nietzsche and Freud -- three of the most important thinkers in modern western thought -- can be read as responding to the Enlightenment and its notions of reason and progress. We will consider how each of them remakes a scientific understanding of truth, knowledge and subjectivity, such that rationality, logic and the powers of human cognition are shown to be distorted, limited, and subject to forces beyond our individual control. We will begin with short excerpts of Marx that encapsulate central elements of his thought on power and ideology. We will then turn to Nietzsche on the production of truth and the origins of morality. In the third part of our course will examine Freud's concepts of the unconscious and repression.

All lectures and readings will be in English.


This course may be used to satisfy the Philosophy and Values or Historical Studies breadth requirement in Letters and Science.