In this half unit course we will read and discuss texts that draw the history of Europe’s modernity into relation with philosophy.

Starting with Kant’s classic essay ‘Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Purpose’ we will explore the development, elaboration and unravelling of the discourse of European modernity in the work of Hegel, Husserl, Marx and Lenin, Valéry, Berlin, Fukuyama, and Derrida.

When they are required, registration "statements" for this course are a merely formal requirement. Please feel free simply to state: "I have read the Course Outline and would like to take this course." No background in philosophy is required or expected.