100年第1學期-0177 公共知識份子的視野、價值與職志 課程資訊
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This course will examine what it means to aspire to be a writer and an intellectual in the 21st century. The conditions for becoming a voice that carries public authority today are much different than those which prevailed just a few decades ago. We live in the new digital age, and “writing” has take on a new meaning in our era, because people have shorter attention spans and do not “read” so much as “browse,” “scroll” and “click” on a computer screen. This is the reality of attempting to communicate in a new technological epoch.
Moreover, the idea of a unified public no longer exists, but rather numerous fragmentary publics prevail today. This is a key distinction between our times and previous eras.
We will examine how such differences pose challenges for those who would pursue the life of the mind today, but we will also examine the intellectuals from the 19th and the 20th centuries who faced comparable challenges dealing with change and adaptation. Our goal will be to see how they met the challenges in their own times.
Office Hourby appointment
Dr. Rodden have written a number of books about contemporary intellectuals, from which the students will read some essays and chapters. The books are on reserve in the FLLD library.
READING ASSIGNMENTS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER WILL BE DISTRIBUTED LATER IN SEPTEMBER. PAPERS WILL BE DUE IN JANUARY, DATE TO BE DETERMINED.