What does it mean to be modern? Historical and philosophical aspects of modernity



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What does it mean to be modern? Historical and philosophical aspects of modernity




Name:

Paul Ziche

Nationality:

Germany

Academic Title:

Professor

Home University(From):

Utrecht University, faculty of the Humanities, Dpt. of Philosophy

Email Address:

paul.ziche@phil.uu.nl



本科生 硕士生 博士生

Undergraduate Master Doctoral student



English


none


Lectures, analysis of texts, class discussion, discussion in small groups



Group presentations (30%), Final paper (70%); A final paper of about 7 pages in English



2 credits



Paul Ziche is professor for the history of modern philosophy at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, where he is also member of the Descartes Centre for the history and philosophy of the sciences and humanities. He studied in Munich where he also took his D.phil. and his “Habilitation”, and in Oxford, and has also worked as an assistant professor in the history of science at Jena university. In 2010, he was awarded the prize of “teacher of the year” at Utrecht University. He is the author of, among other book publications, a number of books on the relationship blosophy and the sciences around 1800 and around 1900 (Wissenschaftslandschaften um 1900. Philosophie, die Wissenschaften und der nicht-reduktive Szientismus, Zürich 2008; (together with O. Breidbach) Naturwissenschaften um 1800. Wissenschaftskultur in Jena-Weimar, Weimar 2001.



This course discusses the notion of “modernity” that is so important to many present-day discussion on culture, politics, science, or art. We shall focus on the philosophical ideas behind the notion of “modernity”, and shall discuss its broader cultural contexts. The course departs from the grand “master narratives” on modernity: How can we analyze the notion of modernity? What does it mean to be modern? In this part of the course, we’ll discuss texts by Charles Taylor, Max Weber, Horkheimer/Adorno, Jürgen Habermas, Martin Heidegger. These conceptual analyses will be embedded in a broader historical and cultural context: what does ‘modern science’ or the ‘modern scientific world-view’ mean? In how far did the Enlightenment contribute to our idea of modernity? what is modern about ‘modern art’? how does ‘modernity’ relate to history? Finally, we’ll address the question of how to evaluate modernity: is there a conceptual core to modernity – what does “modern” mean beyond “of our time”? Is modernity, as Horkheimer and Adorno claimed, necessarily threatened by internal tensions? What is the role of the subject within modernity? Are we really modern, after all? is there a distinctively ‘modern’ form of society? What comes after modernity: postmodernism? What kind of concept of modernity do we need in order to cope with present-day challenges?



GENERAL INTRODUCTION


• Part I: The grand narratives (Weber, Taylor, Durckheim, Horkheimer/Adorno, Heidegger)
• Part II: Contexts of “modernity”
 The contribution of the Enlightenment
 The “struggle between the ancients and the moderns” in the 18th century
 The scientific world-view
 ‘Modern’ art
• Part III: Analyzing modernity
 The dialectics of modernity (Horkheimer/Adorno)
 The role of the subject
Modernity and postmodernism
 How modern are we? (Bruno Latour)
 Can we develop alternative concepts of modernity?

没有标准课程教材。课程采用电子文摘并事先发给学生。作为介绍和阅读文本,学生可参考以下文献:


- Charles Taylor: Two theories of modernity, available online via http://www.nabilechchaibi.com/resources/Taylor.Two%20theories%20of%20modernity.pdf
- Jürgen Habermas: Modernity: An unfinished project; available online via http://postcolonial.net/@Backfile/_entries/4/file-pdf.pdf

There is no standard textbook or reader in which the relevant texts are collected. The course will be based on a reader with texts that will be made available electronically in advance. As introductory readings, students could study the following texts:


- Charles Taylor: Two theories of modernity, available online via http://www.nabilechchaibi.com/resources/Taylor.Two%20theories%20of%20modernity.pdf
- Jürgen Habermas: Modernity: An unfinished project; available online via http://postcolonial.net/@Backfile/_entries/4/file-pdf.pdf

See under textbooks The reader with texts will be made available electronically in advance.



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