The Great War and Modern Philosophy: A Free Online Course

Above, you can watch the lectures from a course called The Great War and Modern Philosophy. Taught by Nicolas de Warren, Research Professor in Philosophy at KU Leuven University, the course covers this basic ground:

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.

Periodically, this course is offered as a MOOC, featuring more polished lectures, over on edX.

Thinkers covered in the course include: Carl von Clausewitz, Carl Schmitt, Franz Rosenzweig, Edmund Husserl, and more.

The Great War and Modern Philosophy will be added to our list of Free Philosophy Courses, part of our collection, 1,700 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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