The Great War and Modern Philosophy: Learn how philosophers responded to the First World War and how the war changed philosophical reflection.
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About the course The Great War and Modern Philosophy
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 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 to understand better 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.
What you’ll learn from The Great War and Modern Philosophy
- Basic knowledge of important philosophical reactions to the First World War
- Conceptual understanding of philosophical and literary texts
- Historical understanding of the war and its cultural impact
- A clearer grasp of the complex ways in which philosophy and the Great War intersected