SEMINAR: Progress or Decline? Rousseau on the History of Civilization
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About the Event
Taught by Professor Benjamin Storey of Furman University, this not-for-credit online seminar will include four sessions of one and a half hours over the month of June.
There will be a moderate amount of reading for the seminar. Students will receive the readings in advance and be expected to complete them prior to each session. The seminar is open to current Yale undergraduates and graduate students. Upon successful completion, students will receive a $150 stipend.
The seminar will meet on Mondays from 6:30pm-8:00pm ET on June 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. Admission to the seminar is by application. Please click here to apply.
"Jean-Jacques Rousseau was the most revered and reviled figure of 18th century philosophy: his books were burned and his house was stoned, but children were raised on his principles and revolutions launched in his name. In this seminar, we will read the explosive essays that made him a household name in Paris in the 1750s: the Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts and the Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Equality Among Men. With Rousseau as our companion, we will consider a question as pertinent in our time as in his: does the progress of civilization make human beings better and happier, or do vice and misery increase as the arts and sciences improve?"