345-102-MQ, Existentialism and the Meaning of Life
The nineteenth century was an age of rapid modernization. It brought about drastic and unprecedented social tension and change. In fact, in many ways we are still living in its aftermath. In this class we will examine the impact of modernization on a variety of institutions including the family, the workplace, the nation, the religious order and (not least) the psyche of the individual. Along the way we will read novels, short stories, philosophical treaties, sociological analyses, and theological tracts. Having taken the class, you will have a good grasp of the intellectual currents that gave rise to our modern sense of ourselves and our world view.