Critical Thought

Teaching the German intellectual tradition--which begins, arguably, with Martin Luther and includes brilliant and controversial figures such as Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Carl Schmitt, Heidegger, and Hannah Arendt--is integral to fostering a critical understanding of culture, society, and the arts. Our courses in the area of critical thought are of special interest to--but by no means limited to--students in philosophy, intellectual history, sociology, the College of Letters, the College of Social Studies, government, religion, and the certificate program in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. Our strengths in this area include: aesthetics; cultural and literary theory; history of science; German-Jewish thought; Nietzsche; Walter Benjamin; Sigmund Freud; and Theodor Adorno.