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The University of Texas at Austin

Ideas of the Twentieth Century

The University of Texas at Austin via edX

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The last century ushered in significant progress. Philosophers, scientists, artists, and poets overthrew our understanding of the physical world, of human behavior, of thought and its limits, and of art, creativity, and beauty. Scientific progress improved the way we lived across the world. Yet the last century also brought increased levels of war, tyranny, and genocide. Man pushed boundaries of good and evil, right and wrong, justice and injustice – and people lost faith in values. Now, thinkers and leaders are reconstructing theories of value and creating institutions to embody them. Join this thought-provoking, broad-sweeping course as it draws intriguing connections between philosophy, art, literature, and history, illuminating our world and our place in it. Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs. Learn more.

Taught by

Daniel Bonevac and Roy Flukinger


4.6 rating, based on 5 Class Central reviews

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  • I was enjoying this course a lot until the last unit (1980-2000), really I thought it was a very well made course and still I think it's a positive course.

    But sure I found weird and inaccurate the judgement about those 20 years without considering what happened in the following decade and what's happening now on the East.
  • Anonymous
    I was extremely impressed with Dr. Daniel Bonevac's introductory filmina. Yes, the 20th century was one of great technological progress and horrible destruction. Winston Churchill, in my opinion, (for what that is worth), one of the great men of all time.
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    Vivi Valdivieso
    De una manera didáctica, pedagógica y creativa exponen las grandiosas ideas durante el siglo pasado.
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