This course examines key moments in the global history of thought through the lens of textual analysis. Over the course of the semester, students will develop their written rhetorical, reading, and critical thinking skills.
In order to change the world, it is worthwhile to look at “change,” both as a historical fact and a concept that has consumed thought for generations. This course looks at key texts in five core periods and epistemic traditions: (1) classical epistemologies and origin myths; (2) major transitions of the post-classical era; (3) Renaissance, Enlightenment, Revolution and transitions to modernity; (4) Modern Era; and (5) (Post) Colonialism. We ask, what exactly is change – be it creation, enlightenment, conversion, metamorphosis, revolution, or evolution? And we ask how have our ideas about “change” changed over time?

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Fall 22


Mark Frank


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