Citizens and Existentialism|
Spring 2017 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
Citizenship affirms shared meanings. Existentialism highlights the absurdity of the world. Can these two attitudes co-exist? Social theory in France built a civic republican politics while also seeking to replace old meanings. Civic republicans affirm liberty, citizen equality, and civic virtue; existentialists rediscover fraternity, sorority, and human decency. Can France's experience be applied generally? We will explore how, when central meanings begin to break down, individuals create community. Which institutions help and hinder the project of citizenship?
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)(GOVT-Theory)
We will read some, not all, of the following theorists.
Montesquieu, SPIRIT OF THE LAWS
Rousseau, SOCIAL CONTRACT; DISCOURSE ON INEQUALITY
Tocqueville, DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA
Proudhon, WHAT IS PROPERTY?
Sartre, "EXISTENTIALISM AND HUMANISM"
Beauvoir, THE SECOND SEX
Camus, THE REBEL
Fanon, WRETCHED OF THE EARTH
Jouvenel, PURE THEORY OF POLITICS
Manin, PRINCIPLES OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT
Foucault, FOUCAULT READER, ed. P. Rabinow
Irigaray, THIS SEX WHICH IS NOT ONE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Class presentation and paper; two essays; final project.
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