Professor and Curator Anna Söderquist
Anna Söderquist earned her PhD and MA from The New School for Social Research, and her BS from Northeastern University. She is a US-Denmark Fulbright Alumni (2013-14) and lived in Copenhagen for many years before moving to Northfield.
Spring 2023: Phil 236, “History of Modern Philosophy”
“This course examines the development of Western philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries, with a focus on the emergence of a distinctively modern sense of self. We look at the liberating, creative forces in this productive period through such thinkers as Descartes, Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia, Pascal, Spinoza, Leibniz, Lady Masham, Rousseau, and Kant. And we ask: What epistemological and metaphysical commitments about the self and its world have we inherited? What are some of the problematic outcomes of modernity?”
Fall 2022: “Kierkegaard & Existentialism”
“The course takes us into central ideas from the existential tradition, from the notion of human beings as essentially free, to the anxiety and despair we experience in the face of our freedom. We become familiar with thinkers such as Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and Hannah Arendt. And we tap into art, film, and literature that open up existential themes in powerful ways. Throughout the course, we take seriously the existential call to see experiences of loss and meaninglessness as occasions to examine how we live. And we look at the roles of personal engagement and human relationships in the search for authentic existence.”