GPHI

6766

Global Critical Theory

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Global Critical Theory

Fall 2020

Taught By: Chiara Bottici and Benoit Challand

Section: A

CRN: 8761

Credits: 3

Critical theory is often presented as a tradition rooted in the Western philosophical canon and thus hardly applicable to non-Western contexts. Some strands of postcolonial theories are presented as an opposition to that tradition, while revived interests in theories from the Global South or in Third Worldism provide yet another angle to the objectives of emancipation and liberation. This course provides an introduction to global critical theory, that is to a body of thought produced by thinkers from all around the globe and that starts with epistemological questions around conceptions of geographical space (what does it mean to speak about north and south, and east and west? can there be a center in a globe?) and time (what does it mean to divide it into categories such as ancient, modern or contemporary?). Thinkers in the European tradition of critical theory such as Adorno and Horkheimer will be discussed and put to the challenge of ideas raised by thinkers from or of the global south such as He Chen, Mahdi Amel, Anibal Quijano, Gloria Anzaldua, Maria Lugones, and intellectuals who have worked to span across these artificial geographical divides, such Frantz Fanon, Enrique Dussel, and Sylvia Wynter. We will be paying particular attention to the intersections of class, gender, race and “critical-colonial approaches”, that is theories from the de-colonial, post-colonial and settler colonial studies that try to build up a critical theory of society by focusing on the persistence of our colonial past.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 11:02am 5/29/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 9/3/2020 - 12/17/2020