Fall 2007

Transformative Ideas


Thomas L. Dumm (Section 01)


This course is an exploration of a series of ideas from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that have substantially changed the way people think about humanity. Each idea is closely associated with an author. We will closely read and write about Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto, Friedrich Nietzsche's The Genealogy of Morals, Sigmund Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents, Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem, Franz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth, and Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish. First semester. Professor Dumm.