Fall 2008

Transformative Ideas

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-24


Thomas L. Dumm (Section 01)


In this course we will explore 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. While from year to year the ideas and thinkers will shift, for 2008 we will closely read and write about several of Karl Marx’s early essays, Friedrich Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals, Sigmund Freud’s final book, Moses and Monotheism, Max Weber’s essays “Science as a Vocation” and “Politics as a Vocation,” Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem, Isaiah Berlin’s, Four Essays on Liberty, and Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish. Fall semester. Professor Dumm.