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    Vassar College
   
 
  Oct 17, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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PHIL 284 - The Frankfurt School

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
This course is an introduction to the Frankfurt School, the Institute for Social Research. Started in Frankfurt in 1930s, and spanning 30+ years, this group of intellectuals worked in Germany, and in exile in England and the United States during the Second World War and afterwards. Regardless of their philosophical pursuits and disciplines, their overarching concerns included: providing a critical theory for, and of, society, a critique of ideology, and an assessment of the role and task for philosophy in the 20th century. Areas of their writings that we examine are: social theory, politics, political-economy, aesthetics, and history. Philosophers that we read include: Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse, Fromm, Pollock, and Benjamin. Osman Nemli.

Two 75-minute periods.



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