PHI 182 A-Z - Selected Philosophers
Semester Hours: 3
This course provides an in depth study of a major philosophical figure; the figure to be studied varies from semester to semester depending on the instructor.
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PHI 182K Selected Philosophers: Kant and the Enlightenment
Was the Enlightenment a victory of reason over superstition, freedom over tyranny, science over religion? Critics claim the Enlightenment’s legacy is one of exploitation, dehumanization, and colonialism. In this course, we will examine the work of Immanuel Kant, one of the Enlightenment’s chief spokesmen who argue claim that persons must be treated with dignity. This claim looms large in history, as it helped shape the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and the United Nations charter. We will see that Kant was ambivalent about the prospects for enlightenment, and anticipated many of its critics—even as he championed its values.
May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
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