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Critics of Modernity

It has been argued that the political and metaphysical excesses of modernity originate in Platonism. If so, the first task of a critique of modernity is "to overturn Platonism," as Gilles Deleuze claims. In this seminar we will first read Plato's Republic closely and then discuss selections from the works of modern authors - Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Leo Strauss, and Jacques Derrida, among others - who either challenge Platonism directly or attempt to find resources in the dialogues themselves on which to base such a critique.

RELIGST 773 / POL SCI 754

Critics of Modernity

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Winter Offered?: Yes Language?: No

It has been argued that the political and metaphysical excesses of modernity originate in Platonism. If so, the first task of a critique of modernity is "to overturn Platonism," as Gilles Deleuze claims. In this seminar we will first read Plato's Republic closely and then discuss selections from the works of modern authors - Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Leo Strauss, and Jacques Derrida, among others - who either challenge Platonism directly or attempt to find resources in the dialogues themselves on which to base such a critique.


Zdravko Planinc

Associate Professor

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