Capitalism, Nature, Critique

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Capitalism, Nature, Critique

Spring 2019

Taught By: Nancy Fraser

Section: A

CRN: 6786

Credits: 3

How should we conceptualize the social forces that are currently threatening the biosphere on Planet Earth? Is the culprit anthropocentrism, Eurocentrism, and/or masculinism, as many claim? Or should we look rather to industrialism, imperialism, or neoliberalism? In this seminar we entertain the hypothesis that the root of the problem is capitalism. Interrogating the relationship between capitalism and nature, we consider whether the latter’s integrity can be assured within the terms of the former? What do we mean by “nature” anyway? And how should we understand capitalism if we aim to develop an ecological critique of it? What sort of critical theory can clarify these matters? And what, after all, is to be done? We shall read and discuss texts by such thinkers as James O’Connor, John Bellamy Foster, Jason W. Moore, Maria Mies, Ariel Salleh, Mary Mellor, Carolyn Merchant, Mike Davis, Neil Smith, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Timothy Mitchell, Alf Hornborg, Matthew Huber, Andreas Malm, Joan Martinez-Alier, and Andre Gorz, among others.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 12

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: 5:45pm 6/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 201

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/8/2019