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Lecture and Seminar Programme

revision I recordingrevision I audio  Week Topic
Autumn Term 1

In Search of Human Nature: Why History is So Vital for Our Understanding of What
It Means to Be Human

introduction powerpoint

2

Famous Stories We Tell Ourselves (I): The ‘Discovery’ of the Individual or the ‘Self-Fashioning’ of Renaissance Man? Jacob Burckhardt and Stephen Greenblatt

3

Famous Stories We Tell Ourselves (II): The ‘Scientific Revolution’

4

Discovering Human Nature? The Case of Sixteenth–Century Anatomy

5

Man Possessed: How to Become Holy or Demoniac in the Early Modern World

6 ~ reading week ~
7

Of Monsters and Cannibals: Europeans Encounter the New World ‘Other’

Lecture Slides

8

Challenging God’s Power? The ‘Invention’ of a 'Curious' Human Nature in the Seventeenth Century

Lecture Slides

9

Body and Soul Re-Thought: Man as Machine and the Changing Animal/Human Relationship in the 17th Century

Lecture Slides

10

Who is 'Man'? The Quest for Human Nature and the ‘Science of Man’ in the Enlightenment

Lecture Slides

Spring Term 1

Is the Savage Noble: Exploration, Cross-Cultural Encounter and the Question of Human Races in the 18th Century

Lecture Slides

2

‘All Men are Equal’: But Women and Slaves are not!

Lecture Slides

3

Human Nature, Commerce and Corruption: The Invention of a 'Homo Economicus' in the Eighteenth Century

Lecture Slides

4

The ‘Invention’ of Pornography: Exploring Man’s Sexual Fantasies

Lecture Slides

5

Bringing the Psyche into Focus (I) – an Introduction

Lecture Slides

6 ~ reading week ~
7

Bringing the Psyche into Focus (II): The Problem of the Individual Self and Its Relationship to Society

Lecture Slides

8

The Theory of Evolution and Its Problems

 

9

‘Penis Envy’, ‘Castration Anxiety’, ‘Oedipus Complex’ and ‘Perversion’:

the Invention of an Unconscious Human Nature in 19th-Century Vienna

 

10

Outlook: How Freud Got Under Our Skin

Summer Term Week 2

revision lecture I power point

revision audio I.m4a 

Week 3

 revision audio II

revision lecture II powerpoint

 

 

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Images: Wellcome Library, London