World War 1 was the original catastrophe of the 20th-century. This course investigates the complex ways in which the First World War mobilized philosophical reflection during the war and the varied ways in which philosophical thought responded to the war.
Students in this course will be introduced to different philosophical reactions to the First World War through discussion and analysis of texts, documents, images, artworks, film, and music. The relation between philosophy and poetry will also be explored. In this course, students will gain historical knowledge, conceptual understanding, and literacy for a clearer grasp of the complex ways in which philosophy and the Great War intersected.
The course is divided into four thematic sections:
An Absolute War
The Clash of Civilizations
The Hope of Peace
Across each of these thematic sections, we will explore different philosophical traditions and movements in England, France, and Germany during the war.
Discussions will be held in English, Dutch and French.
I had mixed feelings about this mooc. On the plus side, I discovered many philosophers - and artists/writers - new to me, and began to better understand the impact of WWI on Europe. It was also one of the most professionally-produced and evocative moocs...
I had mixed feelings about this mooc. On the plus side, I discovered many philosophers - and artists/writers - new to me, and began to better understand the impact of WWI on Europe. It was also one of the most professionally-produced and evocative moocs I've taken; each week's opening lecture a short film with a highly emotional ending, and the art and poetry I encountered often had me on the verge of tears. On the down side, because it was so short, the topics were introductions without much depth, and I often felt confusion rather than understanding. Still, I'd recommend it, particularly for those who have the discipline (and time!) to follow up on their own and do more study of the individuals included, or those who are comfortable with an overview approach.
FMI see my personal blog post at https://sloopie72.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/the-great-war-philosophy-mooc/