The Idea of Society in Modern Europe

SS084
Spring 21

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the basic developmental lines of European modernity through the investigation of historical answers to the question “what is society?”How Europeans understood the social orders and arrangements they inhabited underwent far-reaching transformation in the passage to modernity. Beginning with the Enlightenment science of society and continuing to the mid-twentieth century when sociology was a firmly established academic discipline, this course will explore the attempts of European intellectuals to understand these changes. In doing so it will provide students with a historical understanding of the rise of social theory in the West as well as new ways of understanding the dynamism and contradictions of modern life.

Phillip J. Henry

Phillip J. Henry

Phillip Henry is an intellectual historian of German-speaking Central Europe in the modern era with particular interest in the history of science.