Political Philosophy

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Political Philosophy
Fall 2022
Taught By: Dora Suarez
Section: A

CRN: 14306

Credits: 4

The meaning of the term “political” is itself a contested issue within Political Philosophy. At the same time, it is undeniable that the grammar of the political cannot be articulated without considering the social dynamics that underpin it. Thus, we find ourselves asking: how is the social crafted? And, perhaps more important, what would be the best way to organize our partaking of the communal? Engaging with these questions we come to the realization that to understand how societal interactions inform and are informed by political attitudes and motivations requires that we reflect about agency, authority, power, equality, difference, as well as resistance and emancipation. In the context of our course, all these ends will be connected as crucial terms informing an ongoing investigation pertaining to the material and symbolic meaning of "the human condition." In trying to pursue this investigation, we will proceed to ask: how do humans create, maintain, and transform their social worlds? How are forms of social difference (race, class, ethnicity, language, citizenship, gender, sexuality, and the like) produced and how do they shape our experiences? In what sense is the contemporary world affected by particular pasts? What political transformations lie on the horizon? The selection of assigned readings will bring together insights by Plato, Aristotle, Elizabeth V. Spelman, Thomas Hobbes, Carole Pateman, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Heidi Hartman, Emma Goldman, Hannah Arendt, Anibal Quijano, Zygmunt Bauman, Judith Butler, Charles Mills, Audre Lorde, Nawal El- Sadawi and Rita Segato, among others.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 8:46am EST 1/27/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 912
Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022