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WelcometothefirstweekofSrenKierkegaardSubjectivity,IronyandtheCrisisofModernity.Weareexcited
tohaveyouaboardthisuniqueapproachtotheworksofKierkegaard.
***Evenifyouhavecometothiscourselate,youcanmakeupWeekOneassignmentsandcontinuewiththe
class.***
Introduction
Inthisfirstweek,thebasicpremiseoftheclassispresented,namely,theideathatKierkegaardusedSocratesas
hismodel.ThelecturebeginsbytakingabrieflookatKierkegaardsearlylife:hisfamilybackgroundandhis
educationattheSchoolofCivicVirtueinCopenhagen.WethenturntoTheConceptofIronyandtounderstand
itsstructureandargumentativestrategy.SinceKierkegaardseeshimselfasfulfillingaSocratictask,itis
importanttogainsomeinsightintothethoughtofSocratesinordertodetermineexactlywhatitisthatthis
means.SothisweekslessonlooksbrieflyatacoupleofPlatosdialogues,EuthyphroandTheApology,which
Kierkegaardstudiedcarefully.AftereachanalysisabriefaccountofKierkegaardsuseorappropriationofthe
givenideaissketched.
VideoIntroduction
Objectives
Thefollowingarethelearningobjectivesforthisweekslectureandreadings.
Definethemodernmeaningandsignificanceofthetermsrelativismandirony.
TraceKierkegaard'searlylifeincludinghisfamilybackgroundandeducationinCopenhagen.
UnderstandthestructureandargumentativestrategyofKierkegaard'sTheConceptofIrony.
RecognizetheSocraticthemesinPlato'sdialogues,theEuthyphroandtheApologyincludingirony,aporia,
relationtotheSophists,thegadfly,daimon,andmaieutics.
Assignments

Browsethecoursenavigationbarincludingbutnotlimitedtothesyllabus,gradingandlogistics,andendof
coursepeerassessedessay.
VideoLectureLecture1:1,2,&3:CourseIntroduction
Lecture1:VideoLectureOutlinefornotetaking(WordDocformat)
ReadingsfortheweekPlatosEuthyphro&TheApology(Socrates'Defense)
TheEuthyphro,pp.116
TheApology,pp.1737
NoteBothreadingsareinthesamePDFdocumentinthelinkabove.
QuizQuizWeek1:CourseIntroduction
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