Courses Spring 2022

PT-PH-1304 History of Contemporary Philosophy

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Books to Buy

Students are not required to buy these texts, but they are responsible for having a copy for their sole use during the course. The Library provides a book exchange for students to pass on books they no longer need to other students, and is located in the library office. Please consider donating gently used textbooks. Identify any book to be dropped off for the swap so that they can be marked. Donation to the swap is not necessary to take books from it.

  • Sample Required Text Here

Recommended Texts

Recommended texts are those from which not enough reading assignments are drawn to warrant asking students to provide their own copies or those that instructors think will enhance a student’s appreciation of the subject matter of the course. Any reading assignments drawn from these texts will be available on reserve.

  • Sample Recommended Texts Here

Electronic Reserve

Below are links to required or recommended texts available in an electronic format. For physical reserve items, please refer to the course syllabus.

Selected Readings from:

  1. Encounter with Nothingness, Irrational Man
  2. Why Kant is the Turning Point, Explaining Postmodernism
  3. Fichte and Hegel, From Socrates to Sartre
  4. Schopenhauer, From Socrates to Sartre
  5. On Suicide, Schopenhauer
  6. Feuerbach, Essence of Christianity
  7. Marx, Theses on Feuerbach
  8. Marx, Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right
  9. Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
  10. Post-Kantian Irrationalism, Explaining Postmodernism
  11. Nietzsche, On Truth and Falsity
  12. Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
  13. Intro to Phenomenology
  14. A.J. Ayer, Language, Truth, and Logic
  15. Wittgenstein, Tractatus and Investigations
  16. Sartre, Humanism of Existentialism
  17. Camus, Myth of Sisyphus
  18. Kafka, In the Penal Colony
  19. Theistic Existentialism, Copleston
  20. Human Person in Society, Copleston
  21. Pragmaticism, From Socrates to Sartre
  22. Heidegger, Explaining Postmodernism
  23. Heidegger, Being and Time, Intro to Dasein
  24. Foucault, Primer on Postmodernism
  25. Derrida, Primer on Postmodernism
  26. Marcuse, Repressive Tolerance
  27. MacIntyre, After Virtue
  28. John Paul II, Memory and Identity