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Decolonial Theory
PHIL 358
Fall 2021
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: LAST 358

Decolonial theory reveals that colonial structures of power, knowledge, and subjectivity are inextricable from the contemporary world. As a result, we are forced to rethink the foundations of modernity and the contours of key philosophical and social-political problems that shape our present.

This course proceeds in three sections. In the first section we study the colonial order of things: how fundamental aspects of human nature, epistemology, aesthetics, and power were determined by colonial histories. The second section turns to the coloniality of race and gender, looking at how modern notions of race and gender took shape out of the colonial experience beginning in 1492. In the last section, we consider questions of language, space, and decolonial futures. Thus, we will end the class by asking: What kinds of resistance and possibilities of decolonization can be imagined and practiced in light of the coloniality of the present?
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PHIL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode:
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HRAD-MN)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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