Section Information for Spring 2017
Fulfills the requirement for a course in Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy for the Philosophy major.
Can be used to fulfill the requirement for a course in Continental Philosophy for the Philosophy major.
Fulfills a requirement for the PPE concentration.
This course explores two important strands of contemporary political thinking: community and biopower (the biopolitical). Building on foundational readings from Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault we will explore the rethinking of community and power in the works of Jean-Luc Nancy, Giorgio Agamben and Jacques Ranciere.
Exploration through lecture and discussion of recent developments in the Western tradition of political thought from the middle of the 19th century to today. Different sections focus on one or another of the various political theories that have been influential during this period such as liberal, libertarian, conservative, communitarian, Marxist, feminist, and postmodern thought.
Equivalent to GOVT 327
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits when topic is different.