Phil 3500: Hegel, Marx, and Kierkegaard Spring 2013 Samuel Duncan Course Description



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Phil 3500: Hegel, Marx, and Kierkegaard

Spring 2013

Samuel Duncan

Course Description: In this course we will take up the work of G.W.F. Hegel and examine the ways that Karl Marx and Søren Kierkegaard both appropriated themes from Hegel’s work and offered incisive criticisms of it. Issues discussed will include the following: Is there any sort of discernible order to human history? In what ways do the fundamental concepts we use depend on the material conditions of the society we find ourselves in? What is the proper relationship between the individual and society? What is the proper foundation for an ethical system? We will read substantial portions of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit; Marx’s Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 and The German Ideology; and selections from Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling, Either/Or, and Concluding Unscientific Postscript.
Assignments and Grading: There will be two 5-6 page papers and a longer 8-10 page paper. There will also be a take home final. The shorter papers will count for 20% of the grade each, the longer paper for 30%, and the final for 20%. Attendance and participation will count for 10% of the final grade.
Books

Required:

G.W.F. Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, Oxford University Press

Søren Kierkegaard, The Essential Kierkegaard, Princeton University Press

Karl Marx, Writings of the Young Marx on Philosophy and Society, Hackett Press
Recommended:

Robert Stern, Hegel and the Phenomenology of Spirit, Routledge


1/14

Introductory Lecture

1/16

Hegel: “Sense Certainty” and “Perception,” pp. 58-79


1/23

Hegel: “Force and the Understanding,” 79-103


1/28-30

Hegel: “Lordship and Bondage,” 104-119


2/4-6

Hegel: “Freedom of Self-Consciousness,” 119-138

2/11-2/13

Hegel: “Spirit, The Ethical Order,” 261-294


2/18-20

Hegel: “Self-Alienated Spirit. Culture,” 294-355



2/20: First Paper Due
2/25

Hegel: “Absolute Freedom and Terror,” 355-363


2/27

Hegel: “Morality,” 364-383


3/4

Hegel: “Conscience. The ‘beautiful soul’,” 383-409


3/6

Marx: “Theses on Feuerbach,” 400-402


3/18-20

Marx: “Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844,” 283-314


3/25-27

Marx: Excerpt from The German Ideology, 403-473



3/27: Second Paper Due

4/1-8


Kierkegaard, Excerpts from Either/Or, 36-83
4/10

Kierkegaard, excerpt from Fear and Trembling, 93-101

4/15-24

Kierkegaard, excerpt from Concluding Unscientific Postscript, 187-247


4/29

Final Lecture


5/3: Final Paper Due

5/9: Final Exam Due


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