FREN 4540

FREN 4540

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How might philosophy respond to catastrophe? The Wars of Religion in France and throughout Europe offered continual violence, trauma, and social upheaval. The Essais of Michel de Montaigne responded to this context by elaborating a new form of skepticism, 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 a 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.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: FREN 2310, CASE Q++.

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

Comments All texts will be in French. Course conducted in French.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16504FREN 4540  SEM 101

    • TROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Long, K

  • Instruction Mode: Online