Thursday, January 18, 2007

Exam 1

Tomorrow, I am going to get up, light my candle that smells like Christmas cookies, put in my CD of the Brandenberg Concertos, and set about answering the following:

"I suggest that you combine these three questions into one, discussing the varieties of Enlightenment thought in the late eighteenth century, the extent to which the Enlightenment constituted a modern outlook, what is understood by modern, and to what extent a mass society was part of modernity. I want you to refer to the ideas expressed in your readings but also develop a position of your own. As for the question of the Enlightenment, also discuss currents of Counter-Enlightenment. If you have Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno's Dialectic of Enlightenment well in mind, who try to establish a link between Enlightenment and the horrors of the twentieth century, you might discuss whether you consider their analysis correct. As for the mass society and its responsibility for the rise of totalitarianism, you might compare the very different conceptions of the origins of Nazism in Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism and William S. Allen's The Nazi Seizure of Power."


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