This course investigates how the concept of "the modern" emerges in European philosophy and literature at the end of the 18th century, and how being modern (or progressive, or hip) became one of the critical criteria for understanding and evaluating cultural change. Are we still in modernity, or have we moved beyond the modern to the postmodern?
- Philosophy, Modernity, and Intellectual History
- What is Enlightenment?
- From Enlightenment to Revolution
- Modernism and Art for Art's Sake
- Re-imagining the World
- From Struggle to Intensity