The Crisis of Philosophy 1900-2000 – Movements and Major Thinkers
Twentieth century philosophy represents a profound crisis in the
history of reason and culture. This crisis is based on the advent of
subjectivism (the turn towards consciousness), egalitarian radicalism,
and scientism; culture has become at once completely subjective,
radicalized, and reductively-scientistic. The upshot is the near total
collapse of public discourse. This course will detail the ideas and
developments that have created the crisis of twentieth-century
Students in this course will be equipped to:

  • demonstrate familiarity with the major figures and movements of
    late modern philosophy including Edmund Husserl, Martin
    Heidegger, Jean Paul Sartre, Postmodernism, et cetera.
  • define and critically engage with the core ideas of late modern
    philosophy including phenomenology, existentialism, and
  • identify the continuing importance and relevance of late modern
    philosophy for catholic faith, right reason, and contemporary

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