Germanic Languages | Kultur und Gesellschaft
G464 | 17248 | Turk, Johannes


Topic: Legacies of the Enlightenment
9:30 - 10:45, MW

This course introduces you to the major artistic and cultural forces
that have shaped German life since the eighteenth century. It will
explore how the legacy of the Enlightenment with its universalistic
claim that the autonomous individual can determine its life and shape
the society it inhabits is questioned. We will read and debate key
passages from a broad variety of philosophic, sociologic and
psychoanalytic texts that have shaped the way we perceive the world.

Hegel was the first to think that our identity is determined by what
it seemingly controls: the master depends on the slave. The course
will investigate how Karl Marx and the first sociologists further
question the individual and its self-determination, it will explore
Sigmund Freud’s claim that we suppress major parts of ourselves, and
trace Nietzsche’s critique of reason and language. These philosophical
reflections will serve as a background to our investigation of major
historical events and their filmic representation ranging from the
Holocaust to Terrorism.


The final grade will be based on preparation (25%; readings, written
assignments and attendance), three short papers (45%), and a midterm
and a final exams (30%).


Readings

Lessing: Nathan der Weise
Kant: Was ist Aufklärung,
Hegel: Kapitel „Herr und Knecht“, Phänomenologie des Geistes
Marx: Kommunistisches Manifest
Nietzsche: Genealogie der Moral, Von Wahrheit und Lüge im
außermoralischen Sinn.
Freud: Kurzer Abriß der Psychoanalyse
Benjamin: Thesen über den Begriff der Geschichte
Simmel: Die Großstädte und das Geistesleben, Der Flirt
Weber: Wissenschaft als Beruf
Schmitt: Der Partisan
Lyotard: The different

Films

Pabst: Geheimnisse einer Seele; Lulu
Robert Wiene: Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari
Fritz Lang: M-eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder
Alain Resnais: Nuit et bruillard
Leni Riefenstahl: Triumph des Willens
Stanley Cramer: Judgment at Nuremberg
Fassbinder: Lilli Marleen; Die Ehe der Eva Maria Braun
Andres Veiel: Black Box BRD