Field Seminar in Political Theory

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Field Seminar Pol Theory

Spring 2018

Taught By: Kalyvas, Andreas

Section: A

CRN: 6938

Credits: 3

The field seminar in political theory introduces students to the history of Western political thought. Every year there is a different theme. This year’s course will focus on the early modern to the contemporary era and will interrogate the question of the state through a critical introduction to statocentrism, which is defined in terms of a comprehensive paradigm that centers on the State as the key analytical and normative concept in modern political thought and the hegemonic master principle of political modernity. We will focus on this conceptual and theoretical innovation in modern political discourses and its implications for democratic politics. The course will attempt to reconstruct the principles and genealogies of the statist paradigm, which has exercised a decisive influence on the development and legitimacy of the modern experience of the political. In this way, the course will consider how distinct conceptions of the state have informed and influenced different approaches to politics. From a historical perspective, since the sixteenth century, the state has played a key role in shaping how we think about a constellation of related political concepts, which are associated with the emergence and modulations of the modern state, such as politics, sovereignty, democracy, citizenship, constitutionalism, rights, war, revolution, borders, international law and colonialism. From a political point of view, the state even today remains the organizational force of national life and the only recognized geopolitical actor that enjoys international legitimacy. We will also discuss the justifications of state sovereignty as supreme command in the context of intense contestation, the colonial formation of the modern state, its struggle to contain conflict, end sedition, and impose peace, unity, and security and investigate its proximity to constitutional dictatorship, states of exception, and emergency powers. Readings include selections from Jean Bodin, Giovanni Botero, Thomas Hobbes, Samuel Pufendorf, Emer de Vattel, Immanuel Kant, G.W.F. Hegel, Karl Marx, Michael Bakunin, Vladimir Lenin, Max Weber, Antonio Gramsci, Carl Schmitt, Michel Foucault, Quentin Skinner, and Antony Angie, as well as selections from recent debates on statocentrism. This course is required of all Ph.D. students in the theory track, and it is intended to help them prepare for the comprehensive field examination.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (GPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

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: 12:21pm 4/20/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 909

Date Range: 1/24/2018 - 5/9/2018