The course will outline the development of contemporary philosophy from G. W. F. Hegel to Sigmund Freud. We will walk a path along which we will be meeting and studying the following personalities: G.W.F. Hegel; Ludwig Feuerbach, Karl Marx; Arthur Schopenhauer, Søren Kierkegaard. Throughout the course, we will be reading and analyzing selected fragments from the texts of the above mentioned thinkers. The teaching method will consist first of all of lessons in class. These classes will be integrated – in the right measure and in the opportune time – by interactive lessons and, eventually, by the use of multimedia materials. The final assessment will consist of an oral exam during which the student will be reading and analyzing some of the fragments commented during the course.
The student will choose one of the following handbooks: David West, An Introduction to Continental Philosophy, Polity Press, Cambridge, 2000. C. L. Ten, The Nineteenth Century, Routledge, London, 2003. Kathleen Higgins/Robert C. Solomon (eds), The Age of German Idealism, Routledge, London, 2003. Primary sources G.F.W. Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit, Oxford University Press, 1977. K. Marx, F. Engels, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844, Wilder Publication, 2011. K. Marx, Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, Oxford University Press, 1970. A. Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation vol. I, Dover Publication, 2000. A. Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation vol. II, Dover Publication, 2000. Soren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling, Princeton University Press, 1983.