Literature

What can you expect from the courses in Humanities, Literature and Theory?

Coursework in humanities, literature and theory combines and puts into play three distinct roots or traditions of humanities learning:

1. Liberal arts and the art of liberty : Antiquity, Renaissance and the Humanistic ideal (15th century)

2. Arts and Sciences: the Romantic heritage and the creation of the Modern University (19th century)

3. The “Sciences of man” and the theory revolution: responding to the global techno-capitalist Modernity (20th century)

4. The Counter-tradition: the countervailing force that affects and displaces established norms and conventions, often in the very act of their ossification into schools, lineages and heritage, thereby immunizing the critical force of tradition against inertia and devolution (Aristophanes, the Cynics, Christian heresy, Rabelais, Pierre Bayle, Spinoza, Swift, Diderot, etc.). 

The practice of humanistic inquiry at Soka seeks to voice these traditions and open them up for a re-reading resonant with the stakes of our present: global diffusion of techno-capitalism, ecological crisis and the emergence of “life” as an artifact of re-creation and control.