19th Century Philosophy (PHIL 320)
Welcome to these online materials for the Spring 2017 course on 19th Century Philosophy (PHIL 320, Manchester University).
This course meets three times weekly for 50 minutes in Academic Center 354, and is devoted to reading and discussing selections from the writings of European philosophers of the 19th Century — roughly, the period between Kant and the catastrophes of the 20th century. Our focus will be on the thought of Hegel, Schopenhauer, Marx, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche.
Click on the links to the left for the course objectives (as well as a brief introduction to the path our course will follow), for the course requirements, and for an explanation of the weekly essays that will form the bulk of your writing for this course. A general reading and assignments schedule should keep you oriented through the term.
Read through these web pages carefully; they are your guide for this course; ignore them at your own peril! A brief set of print and online resources for your course are listed in the Resources link to the left. Students new to philosophy might also want to glance at the Philosophy FAQ. Students who are interested in studying more philosophy, but are worried that it is “too impractical” (= won't lead to a high-paying job) should definitely read this brief item.
I will try to keep the office hours indicated on the weekly schedule, but I’m happy to meet at other times as well; just see me before or after class to arrange something. Otherwise, I am best reached by email or voice-mail left at my office (982-5041).