Obedience & Disobedience

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Obedience & Disobedience

Spring 2021

Taught By: Omri Boehm

Section: A

CRN: 8463

Credits: 4

"Kant famously defines enlightenment as having the courage to ""think for yourself”, but continuous with the motto: “Think as much as you please, but obey!” How are we to understand this decree, to think, but obey? Kant, in fact, follows here the model of Socrates, who taught the youth to think for themselves, but still insisted on obedience — as did Spinoza, in the Theological Political Treatise. By reading these thinkers along with more current ones — Arendt, Foucault, Korsgaard, Raz — we will explore the relation between thinking and obedience, autonomy and authority, conscientious objection, revolution, and more.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:55am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/10/2021