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EDEB 413 Theoretical History of Western Civilization

In this course, western civilization, from preliterate societies to modern times, will be examined theoretically. Political, economic, religious, technological and artistic transformations on various levels are to be dealt with from different theoretical points of view. Ancient Greek and Roman contributions with respect to philosophy and law are also on the agenda of this course. Historical backgrounds of Humanism, Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, Reformation, Enlightenment and Romanticism are, inter alia, part of the basic problematic to be discussed. Furthermore, numerous important questions will be raised, among them: 'Are primitive/civilized differences tenable?', 'On what basis can there be periodization of human history?', and 'How the human mind passes from myth to Logos?' Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5.

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