Syllabus for 6856: Modernity, Rationality, and Irrationality

LIT6856: Modernity, Rationality, and Irrationality, Fall 2018 Course Meetings: Fridays, periods 3-5 (9:35 AM-12:35 PM); in TUR 4112 Instructor: Professor Susan Hegeman / shegeman@ufl.edu/ 352-294-2815 / TUR 4119 Office hours: Tuesdays, 11:35-1:35, or by appointment Course Description A nearly axiomatic definition of modernity, usually associated with Max Weber, emphasizes the increasing rationality – and rationalization …

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Normalized Gun Violence…or a New Student Movement?

(first published February 19, 2018) Last Wednesday, the day that seventeen young people were murdered in their school in Parkland, Florida, one of my own children’s teachers interrupted the regular curriculum to talk to them about what to do if an “active shooter” showed up at their school. Here’s what he told them: If the shooter is in the …

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