Emotional Life of Politics

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Emotional Life of Politics

Fall 2019

Taught By: Ross Poole

Section: A

CRN: 7047

Credits: 3

According to Montesquieu, each of the three major forms of government has a sustaining principle, a 'human passion that sets it in motion.' For tyranny, the principle is fear; for monarchy, honor; for a republic, virtue. Montesquieu's analysis provides a springboard for discussing the emotions that play a role in contemporary political life. Of those identified by Montesquieu, fear is most obviously present (even, or especially, in so-called republics), while honor and virtue are notably absent or marginal. However, a number of other emotions are also in play, both in mainstream and oppositional politics. These include: nationalism, xenophobia and racism; anger and resentment; guilt and shame; melancholia and nostalgia. The concern of the course is primarily political, it also conceptual. It aims, not merely to engage critically with the role of emotion in political life, but also to understand what emotions, -- and especially 'public' emotions -- are. Authors discussed will include Montesquieu, Aristotle, Hobbes, Rousseau, Nietzsche, Freud, Walter Benjamin, and more recently, Judith Butler, Svetlana Boym, Enzo Traverso.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 10

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*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: 2:10pm 2/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 913

Date Range: 8/28/2019 - 12/11/2019