Kant, "What Is Enlightenment?"; Cassirer, The Philosophy of the Enlightenment; Horkheimer and Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment; Foucault, "What Is Enlightenment?" Siskin and Warner, This Is Enlightenment; John Bender, Ends of Enlightenment. The questioning and examining began early and continues. We will consider some of these inquiries and will scrutinize some of what lies behind them. Designed as a survey of major texts from and about the long eighteenth century, the course will feature major philosophical texts and literary classics in prose and verse.
Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty. Course content varies.