FREN 4540

FREN 4540

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2015-2016.

How does philosophy respond to widespread and continuous disaster? The Wars of Religion in France and throughout Europe offer the context of continual violence, trauma, and social upheaval, and the Essais of Michel de Montaigne respond to this context by elaborating a new form of skepticism, based on classical models, which creates a space for more humane ethics (including some of the earliest discussions of religious and racial tolerance) and for freedom of thought (a relatively new concept in the Western World), by means of radical questioning of the functioning of political, religious, and intellectual authority. What Montaigne offers is both a practical and intellectual model for coping with extreme and omnipresent violence and social conflict, a model that presents difference as a necessary condition of physical and psychic survival. All texts will be in French.

When Offered Fall.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: FREN 2310, CASE Q++, or permission of instructor.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (KCM-AS)
Language Requirement Satisfies Option 1.

Comments All texts will be in French.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: FREN 6540

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16528 FREN 4540   SEM 101

  • Prerequisites: FREN 2180 (formerly 3010), 2181 (formerly 3050) or 2310, or CASE Q++, or permission of instructor.