This advanced seminar explores the ideas and values that distinguish modernity from traditional and pre-modern cultures. Students examine the meaning and development of modernity from a variety of perspectives, including the shifting role and relevance of religion in the modern world. Important sources for the cultural critique of modernity include Nietzsche, Freud, Benjamin, Guenon, T.S. Eliot, Heidegger, and Bataille.
Prerequisites: Two courses in Religion and permission of the instructor.