College of Humanities and Social Sciences

PHIL 327: Contemporary Western Political Theory

PHIL 327-001: Contemp Western Pol Thry
(Spring 2017)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW

Robinson B102

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.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

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. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. Equivalent to GOVT 327.
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 101 or three credits of philosophy.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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