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Fall 2017 Religion GU4202 section 001
TIME,MODERNITY,DEATH

Call Number 29695
Day & Time
Location
W 10:10am-12:00pm
101 80 Claremont Ave
Points 4
Approvals Required None
Instructor Mark C Taylor
Type SEMINAR
Course Description The notion of modernity in the West implies a distinctive interpretation of temporality and subjectivity, which grows out of theological and philosophical traditions.  Lutheran Protestantism, as developed by Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger, created the conditions for both the construction and the deconstruction of modernism and its extension in postmodernism.  The course will examine these two trajectories by considering their contrasting interpretations of the relationship of human selfhood to time and death.  On the one hand, the death of God leads to a radical immanence in which human subjectivity either is absolutized as the will to power or mastery that dominates or negates all difference and otherness, or is repressed by universal structures and infrastructues for which individual subjects are unknowing and unwitting vehicles.  On the other hand, human subjectivity appears to be finite because its irreducible singularity is always given by an other that can be neither known nor controlled.  The course will conclude by considering the alternative psychological, political, and ethical implications of these two contrasting positions.
Web Site CourseWorks
Department Religion
Enrollment 11 students (25 max) as of 12:15AM Saturday, November 18, 2017
Subject Religion
Number GU4202
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, General Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Science, Engineering and Applied Science: Graduate, International and Public Affairs, School of Professional Studies , School of the Arts
Campus Morningside
Section key 20173RELI4202W001

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