Revolutions &
Counter-Revolutions

Liberal Studies 503, Spring 2003

Jack Lynch

Course Description

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Office: (973) 353-5279 x 516; 516 Hill Hall.

Hours: Monday, 1:30-2:30 and 4:00-5:00, and by appointment (appointments are best).

Home: (609) 882-4642 (before 10:00 p.m.!).

E-mail: jlynch@andromeda.rutgers.edu (the best way to reach me).

Listserv: revolution @ andromeda.rutgers.edu (for the whole class)


Course Requirements


Schedule of Class Meetings

Wed., 22 January
Introduction.
Wed., 29 January
Galileo Galilei, "Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina" (1615).
Wed., 5 February
René Descartes, Discourse on Method (1637).
Wed., 12 February
John Milton, The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates (1649).
Wed., 19 February
Giambattista Vico, New Science (1725-44): "Idea of the Work" (pp. 1-29); Book 1, Sections 2-4 (pp. 75-131); Book 2, Prolegomena (pp. 135-43); Book 3, Section 1 (pp. 355-80); Book 4, Introduction (pp. 395-96); Book 5 (pp. 461-91).
Wed., 26 February
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, First Discourse (Discourse on the Arts and Sciences, 1750).
Wed., 5 March
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774). FIRST PAPER DUE.
Wed., 12 March
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte, The Marriage of Figaro (1786).
Wed., 19 March
NO CLASS — Spring Break.
Wed., 26 March
Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (1791), part 1.
Wed., 2 April
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792).
Wed., 9 April
William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads (1798).
Wed., 16 April
Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852).
Wed., 23 April
Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species (1859), chapters 1, 3, 4, 6, and 14.
Wed., 30 April
Conclusion. FINAL PAPER DUE.