The Great War and Modern Philosophy

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World War 1 was the original catastrophe of the 20th-century. This course investigates the complex ways in which the First World War mobilized philosophical reflection during the war and the varied ways in which philosophical thought responded to the war.

Students in this course will be introduced to different philosophical reactions to the First World War through discussion and analysis of texts, documents, images, artworks, film, and music. The relation between philosophy and poetry will also be explored. In this course, students will gain historical knowledge, conceptual understanding, and literacy for a clearer grasp of the complex ways in which philosophy and the Great War intersected.

The course is divided into four thematic sections:

  • An Absolute War
  • The Clash of Civilizations
  • Memento Mori
  • The Hope of Peace

Across each of these thematic sections, we will explore different philosophical traditions and move...

World War 1 was the original catastrophe of the 20th-century. This course investigates the complex ways in which the First World War mobilized philosophical reflection during the war and the varied ways in which philosophical thought responded to the war.

Students in this course will be introduced to different philosophical reactions to the First World War through discussion and analysis of texts, documents, images, artworks, film, and music. The relation between philosophy and poetry will also be explored. In this course, students will gain historical knowledge, conceptual understanding, and literacy for a clearer grasp of the complex ways in which philosophy and the Great War intersected.

The course is divided into four thematic sections:

  • An Absolute War
  • The Clash of Civilizations
  • Memento Mori
  • The Hope of Peace

Across each of these thematic sections, we will explore different philosophical traditions and movements in England, France, and Germany during the war.

Discussions will be held in English, Dutch and French.

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Carmelo Minnella

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years ago
This is an excellent philosophy class. This implies that the student shall engage deeply in the reading and reflect upon the themes and ideas. The format of the course is effective in presenting often complex material. It is well worth the effort required to complete, with the class becoming an excellent spring-board into further engaged study. Well done!
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Susan McLeland

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2 years, 3 months ago
I find the information boring information and the lecturers are not great speakers. The level of English is disappointing.
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2 years, 9 months ago
This course provides insight into the Great War from a philosophical perspective, and introduces the student to a number of philosophers who might otherwise be unfamiliar (and who found themselves on both sides of the war). It also provides insight into several aspects WW1 as a historical event. The lectures are somewhat technical and couched in the language and sensibilities of contemporary European philosophy -- but the student with a dual interest in the Great War and philosophy will find his course highly rewarding and thought-provoking both philosophically and historically.
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