Dec 02, 2020  
2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts (Admitted Fall 2019/Spring 2020) 
    
2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts (Admitted Fall 2019/Spring 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HIST 363 - After the Death of God

4 credits
When Nietzsche declared in 1882 that God was dead, it marked a watershed in Western philosophy. Some philosophers argued that the only legitimate political goal in a godless world was the liberation of humanity, whether from capitalist alienation, from colonial oppression, or from the constraints of a male world. Others asserted that without divine sanction no end legitimated violent and murderous means. In addition, certain Christians interpreted the death of God as an attack on idolatry and a necessary step towards the resurgence of an authentic faith. In this seminar we will examine the theme of the death of God and trace its influence on a number of political and social movements in European history such as Women’s suffrage, Fascism, Communism, Religion, and European Colonialism. In doing so we will examine how European thinkers have tackled the vexed question about what it means to live in the modern world. CLA-Diversity International, CLA-Writing Intensive, CLA-Breadth/Humanities



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