Humanities 4: Enlightenment, Romanticism, Revolution
Office Hours: Wed 10-12, or by appt @ Galbraith 184
Lecture: MWF, 1-1:50 @ Solis 107
(*) Course Reader
Several selections are only available on the Library's Course Reserves. Follow the link to download PDFs.
(B) Books that can be purchased from the PC Bookstore
John Locke, Second Treatise on Government (Broadview)
*Also available as pdf from publisher
Voltaire, Candide, or Optimism, trans T Cuffe (Penguin)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality, trans F Philip (Oxford)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Sorrows of Young Werther, trans D Constantine (Oxford)
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1831 Edition) (Penguin)
Paper 1—20% (Due 2/1)
Paper 2—30% (Due 2/29)
Exam Essay Questions
Students must fulfill all course requirements in order to pass the course.
1/4 — Introduction: Revolutions
1/6-11 — Political Community and the Right to Resist
(B) John Locke, The Second Treatise of Government, Ch 1-5, 7-9, 11, 14, 18-19
1/13 — Dissolving the Political Bands
1/15-20 — The Best of All Possible Worlds
(B) Voltaire, Candide, or Optimism, p1-94
(*) Optional: Voltaire, "Poem on the Lisbon Disaster"
Monday, 1/18: No Class—Martin Luther King Day
1/22-27 — Being Human
(B) Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality, p14-85, look over the end notes (p86-120)
1/29-2/3 — On Respect—The Morality of Reason
(*) Immanuel Kant, Selections from The Groundwork to the Metaphysics of Morals (Course Reserves)
2/5-10 — The Romantic Hero
(B) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther, p1-112
2/12-19 — Humanity, the Creator
(B) Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, p15-225
Monday, 2/15: No Class—Presidents' Day
2/22 & 29 — Self-Reliance: An American Romanticism
2/24 & 26 — Canceled
3/2 — American Slavery and Music
3/4 — The Quiet American
(*) Emily Dickinson, Selected Poems
3/7-11 — Democratic Vistas
3/18 — Final Exam: Friday, 11:30-2:30
Complementary Course Materials
Optimism as Moral Irresponsibility: Charles Homan, "On How the 'Perfect Storm' Became the Perfect Cop-Out," New York Times, January 20, 2016
Rousseau and Modern Life: "First Theatre, Then Facebook," by Robert Zaretsky and John T. Scott, New York Times op-ed, June 16, 2012
Enlightenment & Progress
Practical social progress: Hans Rosling's "200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes" from The Joy of Stats on BBC4
Recent arguments for moral progress, see Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Amazon) and Sam Harris's The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values (Amazon)
Kenneth Rexroth, August 23, 1964
There were several questions in class that touched on altruism and how that fits with Kant. Here's an op-ed reflecting on why altruism is such a difficult issue for us morally and philosophically. David Brooks, "A Question of Moral Radicalism," New York Times, February 5, 2016
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
On the Summer of 1816. "The Volcano That Shrouded the Earth and Gave Birth to a Monster," Gillen D'arcy Wood on Nautilus
On Polidori's "The Vampyre": "The Poet, the Physician, and the Birth of the Modern Vampire," Andrew McConnell Stott on The Public Domain Review
If you love great literature
You should read Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener" even though the lecture on it has been canceled.
Recent book on the Underground Railroad: Eric Foner, Gateway to Heaven: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad (Amazon)
Collection of American religious recordings from early 20th century: Goodbye, Babylon. And if you like the beautiful, nearly-forgotten past of recorded music, check out Dust to Digital's website. They put together incredible collections.
Wikipedia page on Nat Turner's Rebellion to get the basics
Emily Dickinson Archive has images of the original manuscripts
"Spontaneous Me": Pablo Neruda's "X"
Academic Integrity Policy
TheUCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship must be observed for this course. Examples of plagiarism include but are not limited to the following: turning in another student’s paper as if it was your own; collaboration with another student in writing the paper; quoting, paraphrasing, or borrowing ideas from published or unpublished material written by someone other than yourself, without explicit acknowledgment of the source. In the Humanities Program, you are to write papers based on your own study of the assigned materials, not on secondary sources.
Inclusion & Accommodation
I value an inclusive classroom environment in which everyone shows respect to each other as persons and scholars. If you need accommodation for disability or religious reasons, please see me as soon as possible so that the appropriate arrangements can be made.
For information about the Humanities Program at Revelle College, visit the program’s website.