Critique, Engagement, Intervention, Revolution (Undergraduate)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

The intellectual is a modern figure emerging in the German social and political landscape around 1800. Straddling the roles of prophet, critic, political activist, scholar and artist, intellectuals defy clear cut categorization, but this "free floating existence" of the intellectual is part of the ongoing fascination surrounding this public figure. We will focus on original sources to gain access to the historical significance as well as the contemporary impact of this phenomenon. Taught in German.