Essays in European and American intellectual history
Hedstrom, Elizabeth Eleanor
Master of Arts
The first essay, "Contested Languages of Order: Burke and Wollstonecraft in the Revolution Controversy," argues that Edmund Burke's and Mary Wollstonecraft's 1790 debate over the French Revolution brought into focus two competing visions of social order that were engaged in historically transformative conflict across Europe: the fixed and hierarchical versus the progressive and egalitarian. "Nietzsche, the Genealogy of Self, History" examines Friedrich Nietzsche's writings on history, "genealogy," and will to determine how he revises previous philosophical understandings of the self and what new understanding of the self he develops. "'Never Forget,' 'Never Again': The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Terms of Holocaust Memory in America" explores political and popular debate over the significance of the museum in its American context and the tensions within Holocaust memory revealed by the debate.
European history; American history; Philosophy; Modern history