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Intellectual Heritage - The Self in the Modern Age

In the last four weeks of this one-year course, we will trace the development of the self in the contemporary age.  We will analyze the transformation of the modern self from the beginning of the 19th century to the present.

Three recurring themes crucial to the future of the self provide resonance with the ten-week segments.  These themes are the Heroic Self and the Alienated Self; Technology and the Self; and Self and Society.

All students will be engaged in this common unit of instruction.  The format will be discussion.  Readings will be kept to an absolute minimum to permit students to reflect on the connections among the themes of the ten-week segments.  Group projects will be presented in the last week.


  1. Development of the Self since the Romantic Period

  2. Technology, Society and the Self


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