Lecture 1 - Introduction I Dante Alighieri and the Divine...

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01-05-15 Introduction I) Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy -Look at Dante to see how people used to understand all of reality in the past. -Until the modern period, in the west there was only one single narrative as to how the world and reality operated. -You don’t have the tools in the modern world to question this because you were not taught any differently. -The modern period does seem to break out of this way of thinking though. -People realize that they are not all part of some divine plan, but rather they are subjects capable of their own thinking. II) Descartes -States that you should not trust anything unless there is good logical evidence to support the claim. -Question literally everything. -Dante is the exact opposite. -Comes up with the modern idea of the subject , a being that is independent. -When you do political science, most of it assumes a modern subject. -Descartes starts this modern process of thinking.
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