Thought Revolutions

Spring 2019 Honors first-year seminar

Only 15 seats - with Scholar-Mentor Josh Cannon
Mondays, noon-1 p.m.

Scholarship is a cycle of replacing old ideas with new ideas. Sometimes, these new ideas upset the very nature of their field. This class examines writings that challenged and then broke down old assumptions and introduced revolutionary ways of thinking. The writings will be broken up into weekly readings, which you will discuss during your seminar meetings. 

You will get to vote on the core text for the course:

  • Thomas S. Kuhn. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962)
  • Steven Pinker. The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (1994)
  • Edward Said. Culture and Imperialism (1993)

Your final project will be to draft a research proposal. If you also want to pursue your research project, you'll be able to submit your proposal for funding at Pitt.