Aug 11, 2020  
2018-2019 Winona Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Winona Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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LH255 Knowledge, Authority, and the Individual in Culture and the Cosmos

4 credit(s)
In this course, students encounter some of the works of Early Modern and Enlightenment thinkers, including Shakespeare, Galileo, Descartes, Newton and Locke.  These authors represent a major transitional period in Western Civilization: a move beyond the largely unchallenged authority of scholasticism, a split between philosophy and what would come to be called science, a reinterpretation of the role of the individual as a knowing subject, and an expanded emphasis on experience and experiment. The course ends with a close reading and discussion of Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov as one critique of the implications of the emerging tradition of Western Humanism. Students continue to engage in service learning begun in LH205  as they explore the interaction between concrete realities and abstract ideas evident in much of the work of these authors.



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