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04-27-09 Notes - Laws Sovereign States Influence of Cities...

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The Legacy of Pre-Modern European Culture Continuity and Discontinuity in Western History Do the Deep Structures of History Remain the Same? Nothing Ever Stays the Same? History=Change? What is Distinctive about “Western Culture” The Evolution across time? Where is the Continuity? Endless Contestation? Philosophy, Religion, and Literature Later Cultures Look to the Past Influence of Antiquity: Greeks and Reason Judeo-Christian Religious Traditions Philosophical Problems: Ontology, Epistemology, Truth Politics and Collective Identities Theories of Government, Structures of Political Power Democracy, Monarchy, Oligarchy, Republics
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Unformatted text preview: Laws, Sovereign States, Influence of Cities Collective Identities and the Interaction with “Others” Social Institutions Family, Schools, Universities, Courts, Rituals, Definitions of Gender Roles Economics Wealth and Trade, Capitalism, Critiques of Inequality Emergence of Global Economy Western Expansion and Conquests Violence and Colonial Systems Importance of Technology and Scientific Knowledge Can We Ever Escape Our Historical “Ancestors”? Historical Understanding and Dialogues with the Dead Defining Ourselves Through Conversations with the Past...
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