Theories of Subjectivity

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Theories of Subjectivity

Fall 2020

Taught By: Daniel Rodriguez-Navas

Section: A

CRN: 8755

Credits: 4

In this course, we will examine some of the most influential movements of 19th and 20th century European philosophy by enquiring into their respective critiques of the traditional epistemological conception of the subject, and into the plurality of approaches to ‘the question of subjectivity’ that emerged from those critiques. The course will be divided into four modules. In a first, introductory module, we will examine Descartes’ conception of the subject and its link to Descartes’ epistemological and metaphysical project in the Metaphysical Meditations. We shall, in a second module, turn to the theories of the subject that dominated European philosophy between the 17th and the early 20th Century (Hume, Kant, Husserl and Frege’s), and examine their relation to Descartes’ conception of subjectivity. In the third module, we will consider the rudiments of paradigms and approaches to subjec- tivity developed in philosophy, economics, psychology, linguistics and anthropology over the course of the 19th Century (Freud, Marx, Saussure, Levi-Strauss, Nietzsche). In the fourth and final module, we will see how these accounts of subjectivity came to influence and transform philosophical approaches to subjectivity within in 20th Century European philosophy (Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, de Beauvoir, Fanon).

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

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

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (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: 12:45pm 1/20/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 9/1/2020 - 12/17/2020