Social and Political Philosophy

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Social & Political Philosophy

Spring 2019

Taught By: Emmalon Davis

Section: A

CRN: 6982

Credits: 3

This course will examine the social and political thought of 19th century abolitionists, suffragists, and early civil rights activists in the United States and (to a lesser extent) Britain. While the term “philosophy” is often, prejudicially, reserved for longer treatises and comprehensive systems, this course will study less traditionally credited texts—pamphlets, speeches, and autobiographical narratives. We will read the works of Maria Stewart, Mary Prince, Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Angelina and Sarah Grimke, Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, Harriet Taylor Mill, and John Stuart Mill among others. Throughout the semester we will ask the following questions: In virtue of what does an intellectual contribution count as philosophy or some other form of thought?  What historical epistemic practices mediate who is recognized as a philosopher? What does it mean to be at once a philosopher and an activist?

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 30

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:25am 5/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 901

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/7/2019