Wednesday, July 18, 2012

"Modern Anti-Modern Discourse"

An unusual course is being offered this Fall, by Thomas F. Bertonneau, who teaches at SUNY Oswego (Oswego, NY). It is entitled "Modern Anti-Modern Discourse: The Critique of Pure Modernity from 1920 to 2001."

Unusually, Bertonneau has published an article about his forthcoming course: "'I Told You So': The Critique of Pure Modernity from 1920 to 2001," Academic Questions online first, July 13, 2012. The authors chosen for the course are Nicolas Berdyaev (author of The Fate of Man in the Modern World, 1935), T. S. Eliot, René Girard (for I See Satan Fall Like Lightning, 2001), René Guénon, José Ortega y Gasset, and Eric Voegelin. It seems from the article that Voegelin was Bertonneau's own point of introduction to anti-modernism.

As well as teaching at  SUNY Oswego, Bertonneau has a blog at the conservative Brussels Journal and an amusing list of extracts from student essays at Taki's Magazine.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bertonneau's 6/18/12 blog post is titled "The Apocalypse of Modernity."

Another course being offered this coming semester is one titled "Apocalypse Now/2012: How the World Ends (or Doesn't) in Human Societies" being offered at the Harvard Divinity School by David Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America. In 2006, Carrasco received the Mircea Eliade Jubilee medal, presented by the President of Romania, Traian Basescu. The Mircea Eliade award, named for the preeminent Romanian-born interpreter of world religions, was given as a sign of appreciation for contributions in the study of history of religion. (Carrasco completed his Ph.D. under Eliade at the University of Chicago.)